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2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

March 10–14, 2014

For 2014 there are 37 Chairman’s Trophies awarded, representing the best of the best; Finalists in each section are also identified.

In addition to the score, products are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 Good, Recommended

A note on the icons:

 
Tasting Note
Tasting Note: composite judges' tasting notes for products which scored 85 and up. Roll over icon to view.
 
Great Value
Great Value: indicates products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score.  
   Tried & True Award: products that were entered into USC 2014 and a minimum of two prior USCs and have scored 85 or higher each time, are recognized for consistency of product quality with this new award.
 
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Award Recipients
Great Value
Tried & True Award

Aperitif | Vodka | Aquavit | Gin | Rum | Cachaça | Tequila | Mezcal | Whiskey | Whisky | Flavored Whisk(e)y | Brandy | Liqueur | Absinthe | Vermouth | Soju/Shochu/Baijiu

 

Aperitif

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Luxardo Aperitivo Aperitif Italy, 11% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright aromas of blood oranges are up-lifting. In the mouth it starts out sweet and mellow, then turns to intense herbal flavors with strong and lovely bitterness. All around soft in texture, it is full flavored, bold and well balanced.
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  Finalist 91 BarSol Perfecto Amor Aperitif Peru, 17% abv, $15.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm aromas of roasted nuts, nutmeg and prunes are inviting on the nose. In the mouth it is sweet with caramel and toffee flavors, dried fruits and roasted chestnuts. Nicely tangy and dry on the finish with a long lingering nuttiness.
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  Finalist 91 Breckenridge Bitters United States, 36% abv, $29.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Spicy aromas mingle with herbs on the nose. Impeccably balanced on the palate with both sweetness and bitterness and flavors of aromatic roots, herbs and dried stone fruits. Clean and dry on the finish. Delicious.
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  89 Lillet Jean de Lillet 2010 Aperitif France, 17% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lychee, honey, ripe apricot, peaches, and nectarines create an incredibly aromatic bouquet. A medium dry palate translates aroma to ripe full flavors and voluptuous mouthfeel. The finish is dry and elegant.
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Vodka

Unflavored Vodka

All vodkas were judged in category flights of like-with-like. The Chairman's Trophy - Vodka was awarded based on the highest scoring vodka across all the unflavored categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Absolut Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of lychee and minerals are subtle on the nose. In the mouth there are notes of confectionary and herbs. The texture is incredibly soft with a silky roundness all the way through to the finish.
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  Finalist 95 Belvedere Intense Vodka Poland, 50% abv, $43.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very delicate on the nose with aromas of orange blossom and soapstone shining through with a faint trace of tea leaves. Very round and mouth-filling with a touch of grainy sweetness followed by a wonderful mineral complex. It all adds up to a very mellow and lengthy finish.
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  Finalist 93 American Harvest Organic Spirit Vodka United States, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear appearance. Beguiling breakfast cereal, toasted wheat bread scents are exceedingly pleasant. Stone-like dryness is featured in mouth along with ample doses of snack cracker and oily viscosity, which makes for excellent straight drinking enjoyment.
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  Finalist 93 Finlandia Vodka Finland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very clean, opens up fairly neutral on the nose with the slightest hint of blossom. Very silky and smooth with a stony minerality and a touch of citrus. A smooth, precise finish makes for a timeless classic.
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  Finalist 93 Rock Town Small Batch Hand Crafted Vodka United States, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green apple and pureed cooked corn dominate the nose with a faint vestige of mango. Ripe and lush in the mouth with wild citrus flavors coming forward before retreating into a smooth and mineral-driven finish. Outstanding.
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  Finalist 92 Grand Teton Potato Vodka United States, 40% abv, $18.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The pungent nose is full of citrus zest and sweet basil. Clean and fresh in the mouth there are notes of ripe oranges, lime rind and white pepper. The texture is chalky and leaves the mouth refreshed.
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  Finalist 92 Luksusowa Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $15.99, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly spotless in the glass. Hints of new potato and toasted earth are found on the nose with subtle hints of citrus. Warm and silky in the mouth with slight traces of citrus. Very smooth finish.
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  Finalist 92 Russian Standard Original Vodka Russia, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A telling nose of wild clover, honeysuckle, wet grass and grapefruit zest leap from the glass. In the mouth, citrus and a subdued trace of ripe tropical fruit show themselves before a very crisp and concise finish.
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  Finalist 92 Soyombo Super Premium Mongolian Vodka Mongolia, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inviting aromas of candied orange peel, vanilla wafer and sea-like minerals draw you into the glass. Viscous and mouth-filling, it shows deeper flavors of ripe citrus and minerals before leading you into a very long, smooth finish.
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  Finalist 91 Aylesbury Duck Vodka Canada, 40% abv, $29.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing and bright on the nose with clean, floral characteristics blending with deeper spicy orange peel and sea brine. Rich and viscous with an almost toasty, nutty edge followed by mellow notes of citrus and a soft, yet exciting, almost salty finish.
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  Finalist 91 ERISTOFF Premium Vodka Russia, 37.5% abv, £13.00, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful dry grain aroma, fresh and clean like spring water. Palate is finely textured, moderately oily with cereal flavors and suggestions of fruit stone and minerals. Finish is smooth and crisp.
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  Finalist 91 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of lime zest are followed by deeper traces of sourdough and smoke. Pleasantly round on the palate with lime making an appearance accompanied by coconut water and minerals on the finish. Very well-balanced.
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  Finalist 91 Karlsson's Gold Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent aromas of herbs and notes of freshly cut cucumber waft from the glass. On the palate the flavor is sweet and opulent with fresh grass and soft minerality. It is round and velvety in texture and nicely coats the mouth.
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  Finalist 91 Khortytsa Ice Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intensely clean with aromas of grapefruit zest, sea-like minerals and a faint trace of black pepper. On the palate it is zesty with citrus fruits shining through before a long and rather perfumed finish ensues.
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  Finalist 91 Khortytsa Platinum Vodka Ukraine, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear like spring water in the glass with a delicate and floral nose with a hint of apricot. Minerals are very present on the palate and offers deep citrus notes before coalescing into a long, smooth, mineral-driven finish.
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  Finalist 91 Kremlin Award Vodka Russia, 40% abv, €1.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright nose of citrus pith, white flower and medicinal herbs rises from the glass. In the mouth it is quite crisp with a faint trace of snack cracker and orange peel that leads into a very well-balanced finish.
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  Finalist 91 Menage à Trois Vodka United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is delicate with hints of grass, cucumber and minerals. The palate starts off sweet with some fruitiness and minerals, then it continues on to a spicy finish. Texturally it is chalky and clean.
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  Finalist 91 Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka United States, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Decadent bouquet of fresh maple sugar, biscuit dough, baked apricot and lime. On the palate it is luscious and wonderfully earthy with a touch of sweet smoke and citrus. Smoke and citrus linger leaving the palate refreshed.
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  90 Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka United States, 40% abv, $34.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is bright and pungent offering orange peels and fresh young herbs. Slightly candied in the mouth the flavor profile is almost sweet, with more orange and citrus on the mineral driven finish.
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  90 Chinggis Khan The Original Mongolian Vodka Mongolia, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Citrus peel and dried grass characterize the nose. Soft in the mouth it offers notes of white flowers, slightly sweet cucumber, and hints of white pepper. Smooth and round, the finish is dry and clean.
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  90 Deep Run Vodka United States, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are more savory than sweet with white pepper notes. Lightly spicy in the mouth with more peppery flavors, cucumber and hints of citrus peel. The texture is light and crisp with a distinct chalkiness.
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  90 Door County Distillery Luminous Vodka United States, 42% abv, $29.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear in the glass with a complex nose reminiscent of olive, pomegranate and lime zest. Luscious on the palate with a hint of sweetness and a deep minerality punctuated by citrus. Very precise and lingering finish.
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  90 LEAF Rocky Mountain Mineral Water Vodka United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Faint notes of cucumber, river stones and young herbs on the nose. In the mouth the flavors are balanced between saline and sweet with notes of sea salt and cucumber. Overall a mineral driven vodka with a crisp clean finish.
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  90 LEAF Alaskan Glacial Water Vodka United States, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crystal clear in the glass. Very pure on the nose with only the most delicate floral and citrus aromas coming through. Light on its feet in the mouth with a rush of sea minerals giving way to grapefruit before finishing effortlessly.
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  90 Purity Vodka Sweden, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Astonishingly clean and pure. Almost no nose to speak of it is so delicate. This vodka shows its true character on the palate where it is unctuous with crisp citrus shining through leading into a bright, mineral-driven finish punctuated by lush fruit.
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  90 Russian Speech Classic Vodka Russia, 40% abv, €8.00, 500 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very light and floral nose with suggestions of butterscotch and mango. Wonderfully silky on the palate with hints of peach and ripe mango shine through. The finish harps on the silkiness of the mid-palate and leaves you with a touch of citrus.
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  89 Arkhi The Original Mongolian Vodka Mongolia, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This vodka starts off with a very delicate nose of black pepper, snack cracker and orange blossom. Slightly round on the palate with ripe mango making an appearance before giving way to a smooth and mellow finish.
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  89 Belvedere Pure Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of chalk and coriander are subtle on the nose. In the mouth it is light, silky and round. The flavors are delicate with white flowers giving way to gentle spice which stay lingering on the palate.
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  89 Real Russian Vodka United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful perfume of mango skin, lemon zest and medicinal herbs open up this vodka. Very crisp and clean on the palate with well-structured citrus and earth flavors coming forward. Ethereal and sharp finish.
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  88 Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very subtle aromas of green apples and minerals. The palate starts out sweet and light with medium viscosity and then develops into white pepper spiciness with slight hints of coriander and cardamom.
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  88 Breckenridge Vodka United States, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are refreshing offering fresh cut grass and a faint fruitiness. In the mouth it is reminiscent of very pure mineral water, cucumber and white flowers. Velvety in texture, the finish is delicate and perfumed.
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  88 SKYY Vodka United States, 40% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exquisite and delicate perfume of wild clover and citrus pith with a very subtle touch of peach. Maintains its delicacy on the palate with soft flavors of peach mingling with sea-like minerals. The finish is delectably smooth.
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  88 ZING Vodka United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very faint aromas of biscuit dough and orange blossom collect in the glass. Delightfully smooth, mellow, and balanced in the mouth with distinct orange peel and sea salt flavors. Moving into the finish it is crisp, and clean.
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  87 Anestasia Vodka United States, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe aromas waft from the glass redolent of olive brine, lime zest and a slight trace of jalapeno. Medium-bodied on the palate and exhibits lush tropical fruit character. Very mellow finish brimming with sea minerals.
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  87 AO Vodka Japan, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are subtle on the nose suggesting flowers and lychees. Very pure in the mouth, it is refreshingly clean with cucumber, lychee and young green grass flavors. Light in body, it is crisp and smooth.
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  87 Russian Diamond Vodka Russia, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct blood orange peel and lemon zest aromas waft from the glass. Delicate yet quite round on the palate with loads of citrus and a deep mineral complexity that lingers onto the finish. Very smooth.
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  87 RWB Vodka United States, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are fresh and clean of spring flowers and citrus peel. Impeccably pure on the palate, it is medium bodied with some viscosity leaving the mouth velvety and nicely perfumed with fresh floral flavors.
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  85 CINCO Vodka United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is subtle with mineral aromas and hints of lime rind. Quite gentle in the mouth it is soft and silky. The flavors are on the sweeter side, with a floral perfume lasting long through the finish.
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  85 Vermont Spirits White Vodka United States, 40% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of coriander and lime rind mingle on the delicate nose. In the mouth it is gentle and soft with flavors of sweet cucumber, green herbs and hints of Meyer lemon. The finish leaves the mouth silky.
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  83 Thatcher's Vodka United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 VeeV Acai Spirit Vodka United States, 35% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Vodka

Flavored Vodka

All flavored vodkas were judged in category flights of like-with-like flavors. The Chairman's Trophy - Flavored Vodka was awarded based on the highest scoring flavored vodka across all the flavor categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Belvedere Lemon Tea Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Plentiful aromas of lemon zest, black tea leaves and honey blend with nuanced hints of cocoa and orange blossom. Round and zesty on the palate with a distinct and pleasantly astringent lemon and brewed tea flavors. Finishes soft and smooth.
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  Finalist 92 ZU Bison Grass Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very slightly green-straw colored. The aromas are earthy and fresh, reminiscent of grassy fields. The palate has mineral and cucumber flavors up front, turning into gentle spice on the tongue with sweet spice aromas lasting long through the finish.
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  90 Finlandia Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clear as rainwater. Highlight feature is the zesty, true-to-the-flavor-source aroma which is dry, properly acidic, immensely appealing and vibrant. Taste-wise, this vodka is alive with juicy grapefruit flavors that are remarkably genuine and therefore pleasing. Excellent in cocktails.
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  89 Prairie Organic Cucumber Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are clean, offering freshly cut cucumber and a hint of young herbs. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate followed by minerals and more cucumber flavors. It is soft and incredibly smooth.
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  88 Belvedere Mango Passion Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright and floral with tangerine, mango, peach and some underlying, exotic aromas of kiwi and passion fruit. Delicate on the palate with mellow mango and tangerine notes. The finish is long with hints of candied mango.
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  88 Viche Pitia No. 7 Caraway Flavored Vodka France, 58% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very focused aromas of rye and toasted caraway seeds on the nose. Soft and round with some spicy flavors throughout, the intense rye bread flavor is persistent on the palate for an overall refreshing effect.
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  88 ZING Red Velvet Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Decadent bouquet of red velvet cake, milk chocolate, cake frosting and hints of vanilla bean. Luscious and semisweet on the palate with confectionary frosting, and a continuation of red velvet cake. A rich, opulent finish follows.
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  87 Belvedere Citrus Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose presents an exquisitely ripe perfume of confectionary lemon with a slight hint of lime. In the mouth it is lush and jam-packed with lemon zest and lime flavors. The finish is perfumed and lingers on the palate.
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  86 EPIC Red Berry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A confectionary nose of strawberries and raspberries. Medium sweet on the palate it is reminiscent of red fruit preserves. The texture is somewhat viscous and rounded with a smooth and dry finish.
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  86 Finlandia Mango Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exotic aromas of overripe mango and guava paste practically leap from the glass. Semisweet in the mouth where more mango flavors are present and lead into a mineral-driven and mellow finish dotted with hints of mango.
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  85 Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.00, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Superbly fresh on the nose. Aromas of pink grapefruit, orange blossom and hibiscus rise from the glass. Light on the palate and bursting with ripe pink grapefruit and hints of white peppercorn before an ethereal and perfumed finish.
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  85 Belvedere Bloody Mary Flavored Vodka Poland, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bouquet of black pepper, olive, pickle brine and horseradish with a subtle toasted caraway note present. On the palate it is delightfully spicy with cracked pepper corn, horseradish and crushed vine tomato leading into a pleasant salty, savory finish.
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  85 EPIC Kiwi Strawberry Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are very strong, suggesting sweet strawberry flavored candy. In the mouth there is tons of juicy strawberry up front with ripe kiwi flavors on the finish. It is medium sweet and richly textured, finishing dry and leaving the aromas lingering.
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  85 Finlandia Tangerine Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing nose of tangerine, orange blossom and lemon zest draws you in. A touch of sweetness on the palate with abundant tangerine and mineral flavors. On the finish it is mellow and wonderfully soft.
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  85 Finlandia Raspberry Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright and ripe aromas of fresh raspberries and strawberries lead into deeper hints of pear and apricot. Wonderfully soft on the palate where pears and confectionary raspberry mingle culminating in a delicate and smooth finish.
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  83 Finlandia Coconut Flavored Vodka Finland, 37.5% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Viche Pitia No. 30 Lemon on Milk Flavored Vodka France, 43% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean Flavored Vodka United States, 35% abv, $18.49, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Aquavit

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Linie Aquavit Norway, 41.5% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Medium pungent aromas of chamomile, cinnamon and caraway. Incredibly light and crisp on the palate, with similar herb and spice flavors with a saline backbone. Smooth in texture it finishes dry, spicy and clean.
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Gin

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Tanqueray No. Ten London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied orange, lemon zest, and a refreshing floral backdrop lead into an intensely juniper driven palate. Sweet orange notes again complement the resinous qualities of the juniper for a balanced finish.
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  Finalist 94 Citadelle Reserve 2013 Gin France, 44% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Matured in oak casks, Citadelle has a pale golden hue and a dusty mineral driven nose. Limestone, soapstone and gentle juniper lead in to a layered, savory palate. Coriander, cardamom and cassia contribute to the spicy finish.
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  Finalist 93 Beefeater London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, $19.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers fresh orange aromas which blend nicely with the mild juniper and rosemary aromas. On the palate, sweet candied orange appears and is delicately balanced with spice and bright citrus notes.
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  Finalist 93 Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 43.5% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A clean minimalist nose with delicate floral and mineral notes. Rose petals, magnolia, and cherry blossoms add nuance to subtle juniper. A hint of sweetness adds body to the delicate finish.
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  Finalist 93 Fords Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $32.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft juniper leads with supplementary notes of black pepper. The palate is soft and floral with bursts of bright citrus and complex spicy undertones.
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  Finalist 92 Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 45% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The bouquet presents sweet orange and tangerine aromas which contrast nicely with high citrus notes while additional aromas of lemon oil and spicy juniper add balance. The palate is nuanced and complex, with a lively floral finish.
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  Finalist 92 Plymouth Gin United Kingdom, 41.2% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet citrus, muted floral elements and soft baking spices comprise a balanced and nuanced nose. The palate balances citrus, sweetness, and mild juniper notes with a long yet subtle, delicate finish.
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  Finalist 92 Tanqueray London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dusty aromatic juniper leads this nose followed by soft spice and resinous notes. Intense juniper also leads on the palate with a sustained floral finish.
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  Finalist 91 Beefeater Burrough's Reserve London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 43% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet cinnamon, vanilla, and mild citrus notes softly waft from the glass. The palate is a delightful blend of candied orange, dried orange and various baking spices with ethereal herbal notes in the finish.
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  Finalist 91 Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin Scotland, 41.8% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is soft, smooth, and mineral driven, as is the palate. Juniper evidence is so subtle that it serves more as a backdrop to the voluptuous and delightful mouthfeel. Ends softly with hints of pine.
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  Finalist 91 Door County Distillery Ridges Lighthouse Gin United States, 47% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Juniper and savory herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme and basil appear softly on the nose. Hints of rose petal emerge for a split second. The palate is soft yet bone dry, fresh, and entirely herbaceous with a pleasant lingering finish.
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  Finalist 91 Hendrick's Gin Scotland, 44% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft and floral nose is layered over white pepper and subtle juniper. Candied lemon zest and rose petals co-mingle on the palate for an intricate and pleasing finish.
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  Finalist 91 Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin England/Iceland, 45.2% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cucumber and citrus dominate this nose- lemon, orange and grapefruit zest convey an almost effervescent aroma. Honeydew and white pepper emerge on the palate for a clean, bright finish.
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  90 Plymouth Navy Strength Gin United Kingdom, 57% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean, complex botanicals jump out of the glass. Floral qualities like orange and cherry blossom appear on the palate, followed by a bold yet dusty mouthfeel. Juniper and pine are dominant flavors and sustain over the length of the elegant finish.
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  90 Prairie Organic Gin United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle juniper coupled with a melange of herbs - from sage to savory to thyme - drive this nose. A distinct cinnamon note stands out and adds complexity. The herbal notes continue on the palate which balance beautifully with with a full round body and a dry and delicate finish.
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  89 BLOOM London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The delicate nose features rounded aromas of Damask rose, vanilla and hints of ripe apricot. The floral and stone fruit qualities continue into the palate while the extended finish features a hint of sweetness.
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  89 Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin Germany, 47% abv, $44.99, 375 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright citrus aromas- predominately orange and grapefruit oils- dominate the nose. Orange zest turns candied on the palate and strikes a lovely balance between juniper, ginger, viscosity and astringency.
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  89 Seagram's Extra Dry Gin United States, 40% abv, $12.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm baking spice, sweet orange and a cereal driven nose lead into a soft, smooth flavor profile. Hints of sweetness complement the combination of citrus and soft pine, leading into a round, full-bodied finish.
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  88 Old English Gin England, 44% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Juniper, then sweet orange, then baking spices emerge from the glass in quick succession. The taste profile is more straightforward, with bold resinous flavors dominating, and a sweet, spicy, and extensive finish.
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  88 Piger Henricus London Dry Gin Canada, 43% abv, CAD25.99, 500 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright herbs like sage and lemon thyme meet slate and steel for a subtle, mineral driven aroma profile. On the palate minerality makes way for an earthy vegetal flavor profile of tea and root vegetables.
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  88 Ungava London Dry Gin Canada, 43.1% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The bright yellow color only accentuates the bright juniper and high citrus aromas. The flavor profile is surprisingly dry and herbaceous with an astringent mouthfeel and long and engaging finish. The citrus disappears on the palate.
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  87 Bulldog Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Balanced notes of juniper, black pepper, and lemon zest and coriander unite to form a subtle, gentle nose. The palate reflects the aroma which results in a refreshing and smooth drinking experience.
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  87 Greenall's London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Muted juniper aromas are accented by subtle floral undertones. On the palate, rose petals dominate, delivering considerably more flavor than expected from the reserved nose.
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  86 Bainbridge Organic Douglas Fir Gin United States, 40% abv, $36.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet dusty fir scents combined with an earthy cereal driven nose segue to soft orange blossom and sweet orange rind on the palate. Cinnamon, vanilla and star anise accompany the delicate lingering finish.
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  86 Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cardamom distinctly leaps out of the glass followed by cumin, coriander, and sweet cinnamon. The flavor profile is surprisingly mild with moderate sweetness, medium body and a complex yet delicate finish.
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  86 Waterloo Texas Style Gin United States, 47% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This nose is decidedly dusty and earthy, reminiscent of gunpowder, sawdust and hay. Juniper and sweet orange notes burst forth on the palate for a pleasant and potent finish. The full-bodied mouthfeel supports the botanical and citrus balance.
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  85 Brockman's Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe jammy raspberries meet hibiscus tea in the fruity, floral nose. Red berries still appear on the palate as the dominant flavor but the mouthfeel remains clean and bone dry. A sensation of sweetness prevails despite the clean finish.
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  85 Tanqueray Rangpur Gin United Kingdom, 47.3% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright notes of lemon and lime leap out of the glass. Lime continues to drive the flavor profile, with support from black and white peppercorn and a subtle juniper backbone. Finish is rounded and sweet.
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  84 The London No. 1 London Dry Gin United Kingdom, 47% abv, €0.00, 700 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Sunset Hills Small Batch Gin United States, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Damrak Gin Netherlands, 41.8% abv, $22.90, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Vermont Spirits Coppers Gin United States, 42.5% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Martin Miller's Gin England/Iceland, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Tanqueray Malacca Gin United Kingdom, 40% abv, $29.99, 1 L  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Don Q Gran Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried sage and candied orange peel are apparent on the nose with additional earthy notes of root vegetables. Meaty and deep on the palate with tropical fruits mingling with caramel and vanilla. The finish is wonderfully dry and reminiscent of sea-like minerals.
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  Finalist 94 Appleton Estate 21 Years Old Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $139.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A striking amber hue introduces a complex earthy nose with notes of black tea, banana, honey, and golden apple. The palate is well structured with a firm woody backbone and a hint of smoke on the finish.
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  Finalist 94 Bacardi Reserva Limitada Rum United States, 40% abv, $109.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The bouquet is energetic and bursting with lemon curd, orange marmalade, vanilla and a suggestion of pastry dough. Starts off buttery in the mouth with deep almond milk and toasted coconut flavors before finishing rich and toasted with hints of clove and vanilla.
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  Finalist 94 Denizen Merchant's Reserve 8 Years Old Rum Jamaica & Martinique, 43% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing aromas of roasted peach, clementine, brown sugar and dried cherries. A touch of creme brulee, apricot and a delicate smokiness structure the mid-palate and lead into a smooth, mellow finish punctuated by underlying tangerine zest.
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  Finalist 94 Mount Gay Extra Old Rum Barbados, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intriguing nose of cocoa bean, clementine and oiled baseball glove start this rum off. Rich, viscous with toffee, sea-like minerals and a welcome hint of citrus pith combine to create a complex mouthfeel and culminate in a robust, lengthy finish.
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  Finalist 94 Plantation 2005 Rum Guyana, 45% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe apricot and tangerine draw you in and allude to deeper notes of eucalyptus and new leather. There is also a faint, yet delectable, hint of smoked meat. Honey toasted almond, vanilla and clove flourish on the palate and then give way to a semisweet and delicate finish.
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  Finalist 93 Balcones Texas Rum United States, 58.5% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft dusty nose is accompanied by savory vegetal notes and aromas of caramelized banana. The palate is bold and robust, with an intense woody backbone and a smoky austere finish. A subtle hint of sweetness adds balance on the finish.
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  Finalist 93 Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 12 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Surface aromas of almond biscotti, baked apricot, cinnamon and vanilla take hold before diving deep into hints of pipe tobacco and worn leather. Absolutely impeccable mouth-feel, rich and layered with brown sugar, orange marmalade and shaved nutmeg. Opulent and sweet on the finish.
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  Finalist 93 George Bowman Small Batch Dark Rum United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Earthy vegetal notes coupled with black tea and ripe banana leap from the glass. A sweet smoky profile emerges on the palate with an intense peaty earthiness blending in with the tropical fruit. The finish is long and robust.
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  Finalist 93 Ron Virgin Heavy Bodied Rum West Indies, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep notes of toasted oak, baked cherries, grated ginger and cinnamon sticks proliferate on the nose. Once in the mouth, it is unctuous, yet only slightly sweet, with brown sugar, baked pear and molasses flavors. Cherries return on the finish and linger indefinitely.
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  Finalist 93 Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Jamaica, 63% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dusty earthy notes of forest floor meet Bananas Foster in this incredibly aromatic rum. The flavor profile develops more herbaceous notes of fresh cane and cut grass. The spirit is voluptuous with a super clean, dry finish.
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  92 Amrut Two Indies Rum India, 40% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Chai black tea, grilled plantain and ripe banana on the nose lead to a soft, earthy palate. Subtle vegetal flavors emerge alongside the tea, and the tropical fruit disappear. The finish is surprisingly soft and quick.
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  92 Bacardi 8 Rum United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A subtle muted nose of vanilla and baking spices leads to a soft and complex palate. Toasted almond and macadamia nut balance with notes of tobacco, oak, and coconut. The finish is soft and lingering, with a hint of sweetness.
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  92 Bartlett Rusticator Rum United States, 45% abv, $38.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful ripe banana and cigar smoke aromas lead into faint notes of vanilla bean and salted caramel. Brown sugar, lime and a graceful salinity coalesce into a delicately sweet and slightly spicy, toffee-tinged finish.
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  92 Brugal Papa Andres Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $1200.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A rich mahogany color introduces aromas of cocoa nib, toasted oak, and caramelized brown sugar. The palate is dry and luscious. Flavors of stewed fruit play with leather and tobacco resulting in a silky complex flavor profile, and a clean, yet lengthy finish.
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  92 Facundo Rum Exquisito 7 Years Old Rum United States, 40% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, almost brooding, with smoked meats, old leather, toffee, caramel and preserved apricots rushing form the glass. Decidedly opulent with honey-toned fruit dancing with deeper almond and herbal qualities. The finish seems to be unyielding and semisweet, reminiscent of fine brandy.
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  92 Pampero Aniversario Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $33.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful nose of maple-glazed walnut and stewed peaches. Slight hints of pine needle and dried herbs. Toasted coconut, ripe apricot and a deep, molasses-like sweetness combine for a luxurious mouthfeel that translates into a complex, lengthy and precise finish.
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  92 Penny Blue XO Rum Mauritius, 44% abv, $78.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct, yet delicate perfume of banana, campfire smoke and bacon fat. Delightfully light bodied with tropical fruit masking deeper, gamey flavors. Finishes strong with a graceful salinity. Outstanding.
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  92 Screech Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The exotic nose of friend plantains, cocoa powder and mangos invites you in. Concise and structured with brown sugar and baked apricot leading into a delicate and slightly honeyed finish redolent of mango.
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  92 The Real McCoy 12 Years Old Rum Barbados, 45.99% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle earthy notes mingle with dark chocolate and stewed fruit. On the palate, woody earthy notes dominate alongside caramelized brown sugar and soft baking spices. The finish is soft yet structured, with a hint of smoke.
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  91 Amrut Old Port Rum India, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee pudding, caramel and brown sugar dominate the nose. Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and bubblegum emerge on the palate. Sweetness contributes roundness and accompanies the baking spices into a soft finish.
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  91 Bayou Silver Rum United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, coconut and toasted marshmallows dominate the aroma profile. The flavor profile is smooth and creamy and is reminiscent of vanilla bean and creme brulee. The finish is sweet, rounded, and confectionary.
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  91 Denizen Aged White Rum Trinidad & Jamaica, 40% abv, $16.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Grilled plantain, ripe banana and green apple create a savory and aromatic nose. The tropical fruit and savory elements are tamer on the palate. A mild sweetness gives the liquid body, and finishes with a hint of wintergreen.
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  91 Don Q Añejo Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $15.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opens up with caramel apple, toffee and vanilla cake on the nose with hints of orange zest and marzipan. Delightfully sweet and smooth with a salty edge and deep toffee flavors. Very smooth and honeyed on the finish.
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  91 Privateer True American Amber Rum United States, 45% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Marshmallow, vanilla, and toffee notes meet cinnamon and clove aromas. The nose is deceptively sweet as the liquid is dry and clean. Notes of oak, cedar, leather, and smoke accompany the quick finish.
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  91 Ron Viejo de Caldas Carta de Oro 8 Years Old Rum Colombia, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet caramel, toffee, and honey aromas emerge from the glass. The palate is medium dry with hints of toasted almond, cedar, and a distinct note of wintergreen. The finish is long and dry.
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  90 Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum Thailand, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut emerge on the nose. Honey coats the palate and flavors of caramelized brown sugar and banana muffin linger on the palate. The body is medium in weight and soft in profile.
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  90 Plantation 2003 Rum St. Lucia, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The golden caramel hue would suggest sweetness, but instead the aroma is one of refined black tea, cloves and toasted almonds. The palate carries a rounded sweetness through to the finish, but is supported by pleasant woody notes and a subtle touch of smoke.
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  90 The Real McCoy 3 Years Old Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright citrus meets dusty vanilla and confectioners sugar on the nose. The flavor profile is soft and smooth, with subtle hints of coconut and marzipan. The finish is zippy yet long and rounded.
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  89 10 Cane Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Muted black tea, black peppercorn, vanilla and ripe banana comprise the nose. The flavor profile is a more subtle expression of the aromas, with black peppercorn turning to white, and vanilla taking a leading role.
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  89 Appleton Estate V/X Rum Jamaica, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An intense nose of ripe banana, stewed fruit, and baking spices precedes a balanced and dry palate. Black tea dominates the flavor profile with hints of banana and dried apricot and a toasted, nutty finish.
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  89 Brugal Añejo Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet sherry, cinnamon, and brown sugar on the nose lead to a dry, woody, clean palate. Sherry appears in the flavor profile as well. The finish stays true to the initial impression, and ends clean and dry.
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  89 Facundo Rum NEO 8 Years Old Rum United States, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A creamy nose incorporates dusty floral aromas with hints of banana and pineapple. The vanilla driven flavor profile is surprisingly voluptuous with a weighty mouthfeel and a soft and lengthy finish.
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  88 Bacardi Gold Rum United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried cherries and campfire smoke leap out at first sniff. This is followed by vanilla and undertones of honeysuckle. Slightly honeyed on the palate, it offers vanilla, candied orange peel and almond before moving to a smooth, mellow and refined finish.
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  88 Bacardi 1873 Solera Rum Mexico, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing nose with a foxy grape-like perfume followed by passion fruit, lime zest and toasted coconut aromas. On the palate it alludes to vanilla and ripe tropical fruit before shifting to a subtle hint of smoke. Culminates in a smooth, pleasantly spicy finish.
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  88 Caňa Brava Rum Panama, 43% abv, $32.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A dusty herbaceous nose is balanced by muted honey aromas. Fresh cane comes through on the palate supplemented with creamy vanilla notes and a touch of coconut. Herbal notes emerge on the extended finish.
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  88 Lemon Hart 100 British Proof Reserve Rum Guyana, 57.1% abv, $28.99, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Muted notes of dark chocolate appear on the nose. Bitter chocolate and complex coffee flavors emerge on the palate. The liquid gives the impression of roundness, but is instead light and bone dry on the finish.
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  87 Bacardi Añejo Rum Mexico, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is muted with notes of black tea and toasted nuts. On the palate the liquid is bone dry, yet medium bodied, with flavors of ginger, baking spices, smoke, and a subtle woody, lingering finish.
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  87 Brugal XV Rum Dominican Rep., 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Precise and delicate bouquet of spicy orange peel, white flower and caramel. Quite bright on the palate, slightly smoky and displaying vanilla and baked peach flavors. A lengthy, well-balanced finish with a slight saline quality ensues.
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  87 Diplomatico Blanco 6 Years Old Rum Venezuela, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle aromas of vanilla, toffee and honey introduce the soft, creamy palate. Notes of almond, confectioners sugar and marzipan add an almost imperceptible sweetness to an otherwise bone dry spirit. The finish is long and clean.
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  87 Don Q Cristal Rum Puerto Rico, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft and muted nose leads to an incredibly smooth and dry palate. A first impression of subtle vanilla sweetness leads to a lingering and bone dry finish. The liquid is light in body and crystal clear in appearance.
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  87 Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve Rum United States, 40% abv, $25.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense bouquet of baked apple and molasses. Also an intriguing Muscat quality, not unlike a fine grappa. Ripe cherry and plum fruit on the palate with vanilla and toasted oak as well. Wonderfully bright finish. Outstanding.
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  86 Selvarey White Rum Panama, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Muted notes of dusty marshmallow, vanilla bean and coconut emerge from the glass. Toasted almond and hazelnut appear first on the palate, followed by subtle woody notes. The finish is soft and smooth.
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  85 Mekhong Spirit of Thailand Rum Thailand, 35% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate yet deep aromas of brown sugar, cedar, orange peel and pine sap are quite enjoyable. A pleasantly mellow mouthfeel with flavors of molasses, baked apple and a distinct and delicious herbal quality. Quite smooth finish with a lingering hint of cedar and brown sugar.
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  85 Privateer Silver Reserve Rum United States, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A mineral driven nose meets stone fruits, honeysuckle, and a hint of bubblegum. On the palate the aromas translate to dry vanilla and mild coconut. The spirit is light in body with a clean and dry finish.
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  85 Ron Virgin Bold Coconut Rum West Indies, 35% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft fresh coconut aromas and candied vanilla leap from the glass. Sweetness is the first impression, followed by more fresh coconut. The liquid is medium in body with a sweet, round, viscous finish.
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  84 Shellback Silver Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $16.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Ron Cortez Blanco Rum Panama, 40% abv, RUB870.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Rhum Agricole

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Clement Canne Bleue Rhum Agricole Martinique, 50% abv, $34.95, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh pressed cane and dusty marshmallow meet zippy lime zest on the nose. Spring pea shoots, asparagus, watercress, and subtle hints of anise and clove provide a complex palate, with a spicy profound finish.
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  Finalist 93 Damoiseau VSOP Guadeloupe Vieux Rhum Agricole French West Indies, 42% abv, $42.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Supple nose of dried apricot, orange blossom and caramel-covered apple lead into a tender and honeyed mouthfeel brimming with tropical fruit and smoke. The herbal finish lingers on the palate.
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  Finalist 92 Damoiseau Virgin Cane Guadeloupe Blanc Rhum Agricole French West Indies, 40% abv, $29.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A musty earthy vegetal nose melds with the aroma of fresh cane. On the palate, freshness prevails with a clear expression of freshly cut grass, and a soft rounded finish. The liquid is bright in flavor, and clear in color.
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  90 Rhum J.M. XO Rhum Agricole Martinique, 45% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brown sugar, cinnamon, star anise and molasses notes leap from the glass. Star anise again appears on the palate co-mingling with sage, thyme, and winter savory. The finish is soft, round, and complex.
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  89 Clement Select Barrel Rhum Agricole Martinique, 40% abv, $29.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark brown sugar, prunes, stewed fruit and a creme brulee nose lead to an earthy and vegetal palate. Nutty overtones meet baking spices for a warm, spiced palate. The finish is herbaceous and sustained.
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Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Flavored Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Selvarey Cacao Flavored Rum Panama, 35% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Chocolate candy and spice notes emerge from the glass. The palate is progressive of bubblegum and root beer followed by a subtle progression towards cocoa. The finish is soft, lingering, and flavorful.
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  87 Black Mask (Tropical Chai) Spiced Pacific Rum Flavored Rum Thailand, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A mildly spicy nose is dominated by tropical bubblegum aromas. The palate is soft and candied, with subdued notes of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. The liquid is a medium gold with a mild, lingering finish.
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  86 Bacardi Limón Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright fresh citrus leaps out of the glass. Lemon zest plus notes of lime, and the suggestion of grapefruit. Flavor stays fresh and bright on the palate, with a dry, lingering finish. The liquid is medium in body.
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  86 Malibu Caribbean Rum with Coconut Flavor Flavored Rum United States, 21% abv, $18.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delectable aromas of toasted coconut followed by deeper suggestions of vanilla and almond butter. Slightly sweet and reminiscent of coconut meat and ginger, it finishes smooth and possesses a delicate acidity.
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  84 Bacardi O Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  83 Malibu Black Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Black Mask (Original Spice) Spiced Pacific Rum Flavored Rum Thailand, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Malibu Island Spiced Flavored Rum United States, 30% abv, $18.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Sugar Island Coconut Flavored Rum United States, 21% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Bacardi Dragon Berry Flavored Rum United States, 35% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  80 Screech Honey Flavored Rum Jamaica, 35% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Rum

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Spiced Rum

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 91 Lemon Hart Navy Spiced Rum Guyana, 43% abv, $19.99, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark aromas of cocoa bean with coffee and vanilla undertones emerge from the glass. The color is a rich mahogany. On the palate, sweetness is the first sensation, followed by root beer and rich chocolate with hints of cinnamon.
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  Finalist 91 Ron Cortez Reserve Spiced Rum Panama, 40% abv, RUB905.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The liquid is a very pale gold. Smoky, musty aromas followed by mild fall spices emerge from the glass. Sweetness is the first sensation on the palate, supplemented by a soft blend of spices. The finish is quick and soft.
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  Finalist 91 Ron Virgin Black Spiced Rum West Indies, 47% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark chocolate and brewed coffee aromas subtly waft from the glass. A pleasant molasses-sweetness has a bitter coffee back note. The liquid's texture is viscous.
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  89 Bayou Spiced Rum United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied vanilla, caramel and toasted toffee aromas leap from the glass. Warm toffee flavors coat the mouth, with a hint of cinnamon on the finish. The liquid is medium bodied, with a sweet, soft finish.
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  87 Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum United States, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Muted notes of Madagascar vanilla, black tea, and toasted toffee emerge on the nose. The palate is medium dry, soft and earthy. Flavors are driven by hints of oak, mild spices, and a soft smoky finish.
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  85 Shellback Spiced Rum Barbados, 40% abv, $16.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla bean drives this nose supplemented by a melange of baking spice. A dry cream soda comes through as the initial flavor profile on the palate, which dries even further into a bitter vanilla finish.
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  84 Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced Rum United States, 40% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  81 Screech Spiced Rum Guyana, 35% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Cachaça

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Sagatiba Velha Aged Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A first impression of minerality and earthiness develop into distinct notes of cedar, steel, and garrigue. The flavor profile presents an authentic grassiness with the occasional hint of cured meats.
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  Finalist 92 Yaguara White Blended Cachaça Brazil, 41.5% abv, $44.90, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A musty briny nose introduces a complex flavor and aroma of umami, mushrooms, hay. The palate reflects the nose, but has a surprisingly clean and smooth finish.
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  Finalist 90 Ypioca Prata Aged Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft dusty limestone nose barely suppresses aromas of straw and fresh cut grass. The palate is soft, mineral driven and smooth with a long spicy finish.
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  89 Pirassunga Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $17.99, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A distinctly briny nose is followed by an initial burst of sweetness on the palate. Sweetness quickly evolves into brined and smoked meats and subtle tropical fruit.
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  89 Ypioca Crystal Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $17.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clay, flint and steel meld to form a distinctly mineral-driven nose. The minerality continues on the palate, supplemented by flavors of woody, resinous herbs.
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  83 Sagatiba Pura Silver Cachaça Brazil, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Siete Leguas Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Appealing fresh aromas of green fruits and young herbs. In the mouth it is soft and silky with piquant spice and hints of roasted fruit. It is clean, crisp and a pleasure to sip.
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  Finalist 94 El Tesoro Platinum, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of sweet tropical fruit and earthy grass are refreshing and clean. Slightly viscous in the mouth, the flavors are deep, starting out soft and sweet and then developing into earth and spice with a mouthwatering piquancy.
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  Finalist 93 Casamigos Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is inviting with green apple, fresh green peppers and hints of cinnamon. The palate is pleasantly saline interplaying with tastes of sweet custard, pineapples and mangos. The texture is light and slightly dusty.
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  Finalist 93 Cruz Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas offer slightly candied and sweet notes with subtle earthiness in the background. The flavors are incredibly clean and crisp, bright citrus notes complement the hints of fresh cut grass and lightly roasted tropical fruits. The smooth texture makes this a pleasure to drink.
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  Finalist 93 Olmeca Altos Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Piquant aromas of green grass and minerals. In the mouth it is incredibly refreshing and light with notes of ripe lemons, limes and a balanced jalapeno spice running throughout.
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  Finalist 92 Sauza 901 Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Mild notes of earth and moss and waft from the glass. The mouthfeel is light and airy, with opulent flavors of roasted green vegetables and a slightly spicy finish reminiscent of grilled jalapenos.
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  Finalist 92 Tequila Cabeza Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 43% abv, $36.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strong aromas of roasted earth and moss are integrated on the pungent nose. There is a nice salinity in the mouth followed by charred green vegetables and herbs, finishing with notes of lime rind. Texturally fine grained and suede-like.
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  89 AGAVE 99 Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 49.5% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of creamy tropical fruits are inviting. In the mouth it is surprisingly sweet with a strong backbone of white and green pepper spice. The spice gives way to subtle earthiness and finishes with a hint of the sweetness again.
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  89 Titanium Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Floral aromas on the nose are light and airy. Incredibly silky in texture with a lot of peppery spice tingles the tongue, with flavors of green apple and green mango showing through to the finish.
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  89 Tres Agaves Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lime, sweet spice and ocean breeze characterize the pleasant aromas. The palate starts off soft and round with hints of ripe fruit and develops into intensely rich jalapeno spice and roasted green vegetable flavors. A surprisingly dry finish.
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  88 Ambhar Plata, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $43.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Salty-sweet aromas of lime and pineapples are mellow and integrated on the nose. The palate is soft with just a hint of spice and plenty of sweet minerality that creates a very refreshing profile. A nicely restrained blanco tequila.
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  88 Baron Platinum, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers earth, mushroom,vegetal and mineral aromas. The soft palate is more floral and fruity than the nose with tropical undertones giving way to a smooth finish. Crisp and refreshing.
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  87 Blue Nectar Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intensely pungent aromas of moss, grass and green papaya. The palate features fresh, crisp flavors of minerals and green fruits. The texture is slightly viscous with generous tastes of spice that stay through the long finish.
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  87 Espiritu del Viento "The Promise" Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $175.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opulent aromas of spring water and fresh cut sweet grass. Light and fresh flavors of the same grass and lime rind, with mild white pepper spice that softens on the finish.
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  86 Herradura Silver, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.95, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of pineapples, citrus and minerals are strong on the nose. Sweet roasted pineapple flavors lead on the palate, followed by tempered spice and piquancy. Incredibly aromatic all the way through.
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  86 KAH Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is characterized by strong citrus aromas which are quite refreshing. Mixing with minerality on the palate and considerable spice, this is an intricately layered and exceptionally well balanced tequila.
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  84 el Jimador Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Malinalli Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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  82 Solano Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.97, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Blue Nectar Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of candied fruit and butterscotch custard intrigue the nose. Distinctly salty on the palate, the effect is like eating salted caramels with flavors of vanilla and cinnamon peeking through. The texture is light, with some richness and just the right amount of mouth tingling spice on the finish.
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  Finalist 92 Ambhar Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are mild and mellow and include a deft touch of light butterscotch. In the mouth it is soft and spicy, like a caramel with a bit of cayenne mixed in. The finish is sweeter than midpalate and includes hints of vanilla and baking spices.
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  Finalist 92 Espolon Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light amber with flecks of straw. Fresh and slightly fruity aromas are playful and light. Soft in the mouth with citrusy spice running throughout the long finish. Flavors are perfumed with notes of grass and Meyer lemon.
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  Finalist 92 KAH Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 55% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light aromas of baking spices and toasted corn lead the nose. Intensely piquant on the palate with bright citrus, plenty of spice and subtle notes of honey roasted nuts. Richly layered and complex.
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  Finalist 92 Olmeca Altos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Medium intense aromas of sweet earth are followed by a rich and spicy palate. Flavors range from dark roasted root vegetables to spicy candied orange. Concentrated in texture, the effect is slightly oily and silky.
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  Finalist 91 Casamigos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The bouquet features mellow aromas of green grass and fresh pineapples. The palate is rich with flavors of sweet roasted tropical fruit, toasted nuts, and hints of vanilla. The finish is long and smooth with a pleasant hint of baking spice.
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  Finalist 91 El Tesoro Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly pungent upfront with aromas of herbs and earthy grass. In the mouth it is light and crisp. Flavors start out saline and develop into a distinct spiciness. An all-around savory tequila.
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  Finalist 91 Siete Leguas Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $42.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Gentle aromas of cooking spices and charred earth are woody on the nose. Refreshing on the palate, the texture is light and crisp with flavors of minerals, cigar box and slight hints of orange peel. Well balanced with a pleasant finish.
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  Finalist 90 Tres Agaves Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Surprisingly floral on the nose, with aromas of lilies and mineral water. Palate is decidedly earthy with intense layers of cedar and cigar box, undertones of spices and herbs. A smooth texture is complemented by a long toasty finish.
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  88 AGAVE 99 Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 49.5% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of toasted corn and fresh pineapple mingle with light butterscotch on the nose. This reposado is intensely earthy in the mouth with distinct vegetal flavors that turn to baking spice and a jalapeno finish.
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  88 Cruz Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $52.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A pleasantly playful nose of candied apples and roasted earth. Surprisingly saline on the palate leading into rich layers of baking spice and Demerara sugar. Texture is soft and airy giving way to the refreshing and clean finish.
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  88 Donkey Piss Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers flavors of light roasted earth and medium dark caramel. A nicely balanced palate with layers of vanilla, sweet roasted fruit and earthy spice. The texture is soft and smooth, adding to the elegant flavor profile.
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  88 el Jimador Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is inviting with intense aromas of tropical fruit, custard, and citrus. The flavors are reminiscent of caramelized honey and roasted pineapple. The finish is long and generous with the rich flavors continuing to develop into soft spiciness.
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  88 Herradura Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $41.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cooked vegetables lead the nose with aromas of roasted fruit and baking spices in the background. The palate starts off saline with rich minerality and roasted pepper flavors, giving way to a smooth finish with hints of coconut and cinnamon.
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  82 Azteca Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 38% abv, RUB940.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Siete Leguas Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Savory aromas are unique and inviting, offering background notes of lime and papaya. The palate is light and almost soft with lightly sweet flavors of citrus and vanilla bean. Some spiciness on the finish, but overall a gentle and pleasant tequila.
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  Finalist 94 El Tesoro Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent but pleasant aromas of green pepper and vegetation. The palate is equally intense with green vegetable notes, charred asparagus, and hints of flowers in the background. The texture is smooth and slightly mouth-tingling.
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  Finalist 93 KAH Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked apples and spice abound on the slightly caramelized nose. In the mouth it is salty-sweet with flavors of richly spiced caramel and dusty tobacco. An intense spirit that leaves a long lasting impression on the palate.
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  Finalist 91 el Jimador Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intriguing aromas of citrus fruits, papaya, stone fruits with undertones of sweet spice and toffee. The flavors in the mouth offer a lot more vanilla and candied sweetness, with subtle spiciness lingering through to the finish. The texture is round and ultra smooth.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 90 Tres Agaves Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright and citrusy aromas are inviting and up-lifting. In the mouth the flavors are well balanced between earthy vegetation and sweet floral notes. The finish is long with roasted fruit flavors.
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  89 Ambhar Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $53.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent aromas of clove and cinnamon give structure to the nose, along with suggestions of charred green vegetables. On the palate it is soft and silky with some vanilla and candied citrus peel. A rich and sophisticated anejo tequila.
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  89 Herradura Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A deep and rich nose with aromas of dark caramel and tobacco leaf. It is powerful in the mouth with spice, cigar box and plenty of baking spices, and hints of campfire smoke. An intense tequila with a long finish.
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  88 AGAVE 99 Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 49.5% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty amber color. Aromatic notes of lead pencil, pickle brine, black pepper, and roasted agave highlight the bouquet. Pleasing balance on the palate, with background notes of toasted oak and guava.
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  88 Cruz Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is subtle with slight hints of toasted wood. The palate is delicate yet full flavored with hints of coffee, vanilla, and sea salt with an exceptional interplay of savory and sweet flavors. Overall this is an incredibly refined and elegant tequila.
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  88 Orgullo Pueblo Viejo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cinnamon, clove, and baked apples interplay on the nose in a warm and inviting way. The palate is more savory with cigar tobacco, coffee and some dark green vegetal flavors. The finish is long, toasty and caramelized.
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  87 Lunazul Primero Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Uncharacteristically clear, this oak-aged tequila offers expected aromas of spice and caramel on the nose. It is soft and almost oily on the palate with distinct flavors of citrus fruits and green peppers. Unique and tasty.
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  81 Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $350.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and dark on the nose with aromas of cigar box and very ripe tropical fruits. The palate is salty and spicy, with rustic leathery tobacco, coffee and spice. A generously flavored finish continues to develop for a long time.
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  89 Malinalli 4 Years Old Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $96.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Surprising fruity aromas of quince and ripe citrus fruit mix with toasty wood on the nose. In the mouth it is medium viscous and very round. The vanilla and caramelized flavors develop, letting the ripe fruit characteristics peak through. Intriguing.
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  89 San Matias Gran Reserva Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila Mexico, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A gentle nose offers aromas of light toffee and roasted peppers. Incredibly pure on the palate, it is oily and silky and flavors continue to develop in the mouth offering charred earth, roasted coffee and cacao beans with hints of vanilla and baking spice.
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Tequila

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Tequila Mixto

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  80 Azteca Mixto Joven Abocado (Gold) Tequila Mexico, 38% abv, RUB870.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Mezcal

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Del Maguey Iberico Single Village Mezcal de Oaxaca Mexico, 49% abv, $200.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Faint straw yellow tint. Alluringly toasted, melon-like, and peppery in the nose. On palate, there is a decidedly rubber tire-like flavor that's mildly smoky and tobacco-like. But it's the graceful finish that makes this mezcal so delightful as the taste profile turns gently sweet.
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Whiskey

American Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Wild Turkey Forgiven American Whiskey United States, 45.5% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold aromas of toasted coconut, almond biscotti, stewed cherry and cinnamon bark rise from the glass. In the mouth, cinnamon takes the stage with underlying flavors of malted milk chocolate and toffee. The finish is wonderfully smooth.
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  Finalist 92 Balcones Fifth Anniversary Straight Bourbon II American Whiskey United States, 65.7% abv, $95.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredible nose of cocoa bean, salted caramel, cigar and dark plum. Deep, smoky and sweet on the palate with tastes of smoked game meats, fresh roasted coffee beans and dried fig. Exquisite mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish with a lingering smoked meat character. Excellent and structured.
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  Finalist 92 Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is full of vanilla and sugar cookie aromas. In the mouth it is intensely spiced with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. The texture is dusty and leathery, giving a rustic mouthfeel overall.
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  Finalist 92 Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Straight Malt Whiskey United States, 45.2% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inviting aromas of pastry cream, caramel, and roasted stone fruits. The palate is intensely spiced with deep and rich caramelized flavors of toffee, grilled peaches and burnt sugar. The finish is smooth and lingering.
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  Finalist 91 Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 53% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Luscious aromas of honey-cured ham, nutmeg, grated ginger and hazelnut ganache fill the nose. In the mouth it possesses a delicate flavor of sweet smoke before giving way to roasted peanut shells and salted caramel then finishes with a lingering charred cedar perfume.
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  Finalist 91 Balcones Texas Straight Malt I American Whiskey United States, 57.5% abv, $95.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is gentle with aromas of pastry and caramel. The palate is driven by a salty-sweet interplay of rich smoky caramel, toffee and coffee, with lots of rich dark spices. Texturally fine grained and lightly dusty.
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  Finalist 90 Bainbridge Battle Point Organic American Whiskey United States, 43% abv, $48.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very autumnal in character with ripe apple, pear and pumpkin puree mingling with hay and toasted earth. a lovely mouthfeel with an elegant salinity marked by deep, toasted oak. Very soft on the finish with gentle smoke.
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  Finalist 90 Dark Corner Moonshine Corn American Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $27.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful and bready aromas of vanilla wafer, warm biscuits and creamed corn. It coats the palate and exhibits delicate flavors of pear, white peppercorn and faint traces of cornmeal. This culminates into a dusty, grainy and focused finish.
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  Finalist 90 Rock Town Hickory Smoked American Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright fragrances of peach nectar, smoked meat, hickory and teaberry leaves. In the mouth a gentle smokiness gives way to alluring brown sugar and ripe peach flavors. The finish lingers on the palate offering woodsy characteristics.
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  Finalist 90 Woodford Reserve Classic Malt American Whiskey United States, 45.2% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is clean with hints of banana peel and fresh young herbs. Soft and spicy, the palate offers notes of vanilla and salted caramel up front turning to cinnamon bark and light roasted coffee beans on the finish. Smooth and delicious.
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  89 Clyde May's American Whiskey United States, 42.5% abv, $31.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of banana custard, sugar cookies, stone fruit and caramel all mingle on the nose. Soft, smooth and round in the mouth the flavors start out sweet with hints of maple and butter toffee before turning to rich baking spices for a piquant finish.
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  89 Tincup American Whiskey United States, 42% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Confectionary almond aromas give way to deeper aromas of buttered popcorn, apricot preserves and cured meat. Ripe apricot and honey-toned flavors of pear and cinnamon lead into a lengthy and complex finish.
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  89 Vermont Spirits Black Snake American Whiskey United States, 27.99% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pureed roasted corn and fresh cream are ever-present on the nose with a touch of white flower. Opulent and mellow on the palate, it shows characteristics of cornbread and smoked sea salt before giving way into a gentle and lingering finish.
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  88 Door County Distillery Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $24.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fairly delicate aromas of honeycomb, cedar bark, resin, and overripe peach. Decidedly light-bodied, honey shines through and is balanced by dried apricot and fresh fig. The finish is rich and nutty with a slight hint of orange marmalade.
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  88 Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt American Whiskey United States, 48.2% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are both earthy and fruity, reminiscent of forest floor and peaches. In the mouth there are notes of toasted corn, straw and light caramel. Rustic and leathery in texture this is an overall powerful whiskey.
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  86 Jim Beam Jacob's Ghost White American Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exotic with aromas of overripe pear, banana and campfire smoke with a faint trace of vanilla. Luscious in the mouth with buttered corn-on-the-cob flavors matched with a delicate fruitiness. Very composed and long finish.
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  86 Wild Turkey Spiced American Whiskey United States, 43% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense and deep bouquet of fried dough, confectioners sugar and subtle hints of lemon zest and poppy seed. In the mouth it is semisweet and surprisingly woodsy in character with cinnamon and vanilla coming forward. Mellow on the finish with a smooth toasty character.
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  84 Balcones Brimstone Resurrection American Whiskey United States, 60.5% abv, $95.00, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Whiskey

Bourbon

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 97 George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 64.1% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Quite robust aromas of candied cherries, vanilla bean and brown sugar. Also a slight hint of grapefruit zest and white flower. Sinewy texture, mouth-filling and robust flavors of vanilla, toasted coconut and stewed cherries abound on the palate. Spicy and lingering finish marked by muted honey tones.
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  Finalist 96 Abraham Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully profound nose of roasted plum, dried fig and brown sugar with a delicate suggestion of preserved Meyer lemon and orange zest. Mouth-filling with a deep-seated brown sugar and almond personality punctuated by orange zest flow into a very smooth, mellow and subtly sweet finish.
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  Finalist 96 John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An exquisite blend of butter-roasted almond, ripe peach, vanilla and dried lavender comprise the nose. Precise and focused on the palate with a distinct and subtle smokiness, followed by maple syrup and baking spices. the finish is rather smooth and delicate while it harkens back to the rich flavor of maple syrup.
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  Finalist 96 Knob Creek 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $30.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate pecan aromas accompanied by more structured honey and vanilla notes comprise the nose. Light on the palate but with deep spicy oak flavors and a distinct toasted coconut character. Mango and delectable savory vegetal aromas dominate a lengthy finish.
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  Finalist 95 Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Small Batch 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 66.6% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe bouquet with dried apricot, honeysuckle, fresh fig and cured meats aromas. Baking spices dominate the palate with honey roasted pecans and citrus pith leading into a lengthy, semisweet finish with nutty undertones. Very smooth.
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  Finalist 95 Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Butter-roasted corn draws you into the glass followed by vanilla and toasted oak. On the palate it is unctuous, smooth and subtly sweet. Baked cherries and brown sugar lead into a refined and lightly sweet and mellow finish.
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  Finalist 95 Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 47.5% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opens up beautifully in the glass with shortbread and confectionary almond aromas. Honeyed and luscious on the palate exhibiting classic toasted almond characteristics and a subtle smokiness. A lingering and generous finish dotted with hints of citrus follows.
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  Finalist 95 Old Forester Birthday 2013 Bourbon United States, 49% abv, $54.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A beautiful amber hue with butterscotch and maraschino cherries alongside ripe melon and orange blossom. Quite delicate mouthfeel yet possesses deep honey-toned cantaloupe and orange marmalade characteristics. Super smooth and subtly smoky finish follows with slight notes of citrus.
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  Finalist 94 Barrell Bourbon Cask Strength Straight Bourbon United States, 60.8% abv, $74.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A complex bouquet of crushed toasted walnuts, honey vanilla and tangerine leaps from the glass. Once in the mouth it is luscious and deep with honey notes accompanying citrus, vanilla and an underlying hint of campfire smoke. The finish is lengthy, complex and slightly sweet. Outstanding.
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  Finalist 94 Benjamin Prichard's Double Barreled Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $72.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Profound aromas of stewed apples, cinnamon, brown butter and cloves rush from the glass. An exquisite bouquet. Buttered roasted corn, maple sugar and salted caramel comprise a surprisingly delicate mouthfeel. The finish is ripe, unctuous, well balanced and lingers unendingly. Outstanding.
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  Finalist 94 Blanton's Gold Edition Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 51.5% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Begins with brown sugar, baked cherries and a subtle, sweet hint of baking spices and honeysuckle. Baked apricot and a sultry sweetness balance out the more nuanced traces of toffee and breakfast cereal. A mellow finish featuring brown sugar and dried cherries rounds off this excellent whiskey.
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  Finalist 94 Blanton's Original Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46.5% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried cherries, leather and toasted vanilla bean meld harmoniously with butter, hazelnut, and cedar notes to create a powerful bouquet. Palate is deep, buttery with bright honey tones and a slightly nutty character. The depth of taste continues into the finish with toasted oak, almond and honey closing out this exquisite whiskey.
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  Finalist 94 Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense and delectable nose reminiscent of almond biscotti and coconut cream pie. Surprisingly light in the mouth with rich molasses-tinged tones of toasted almond. It takes on a confectionary personality before completing in a rich finish.
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  Finalist 94 Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2014 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 56.6% abv, $125.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Zesty notes of clementine, white peppercorn and cooked corn accompany more delicate floral aromas on the nose. Honey and citrus pith dominate the palate and are accented by hints of vanilla and coffee bean. Lengthy and smooth finish. Very complex.
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  Finalist 94 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2013 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 51.6% abv, $99.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opening up with a nose of stewed cherries and coconut cream pie before showing deeper notes of vanilla bean and pineapple. Rich and honeyed in the mouth with complex almond characteristics and a sweet smokiness that swirls even deeper to a delicate and lengthy finish.
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  Finalist 94 Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright nose of baked cherries and apples allude to deeper notes of toffee, creme brulee and walnuts. Surprisingly light mouthfeel with a semi-sweet profile and deep toffee and buttery flavors. A lengthy and delicate finish ensues.
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  Finalist 94 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 53.5% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent aromas of butterscotch leap to the forefront of the nose followed by grapefruit zest, cigar box, ripe dark plum and a quite foxy, muscat-like aroma reminiscent of fine grappa. Smooth and robust on the palate with hints of stewed cherry and butterscotch. A subtle sweet smokiness leads into a lengthy and semi-sweet finish.
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  Finalist 94 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rather elegant and gentle nose of orange blossom, creme brulee, overripe banana and mango. Exquisite and soft on the palate, making way for orange peel, brown sugar and dark cherry to shine through. Graceful and composed on the finish.
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  93 Breckenridge Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $39.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Decidedly honeyed nose with orange blossom, stewed cherry, and apple streusel also making an appearance. Vanilla comes to the front on the palate with a distinct sweet spice and a salty characteristic. Citrus pith undertones add to the mix and lead into a smooth and vanilla-like finish.
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  93 Bulleit Frontier Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Raisins, cinnamon and toasted oatmeal abound on the nose with a slight hint of citrus. Lush texture and deep, concentrated notes of brown sugar, baked plums and orange marmalade are combined with a smoky sweetness leading to an enduring and mellow finish.
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  93 Bulleit 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.6% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Like stepping into an old library. Aged leather, tobacco and toasted cedar draw you into the glass with notes of grapefruit zest and shaved nutmeg following behind. Salty, rich and buttery with toffee and baked apricot adding to the sumptuousness of the palate. The finish is well-integrated and buttery.
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  93 Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted walnuts open up the nose followed by salted caramel, leather and roasted pear. Full-bodied and unctuous on the palate with a persistent caramel-like character. Serious honey tones and citrus fruit give way to a subtly spicy finish accented by honey and stone fruit.
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  93 Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Insistent aromas of dried dates and butterscotch are prominent, while a very subdued hint of rosemary and cedar is present. Rich and textured in the mouth where fig and brown sugar notes open the door for a smooth finish peppered with gilded honey tones.
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  93 Knob Creek Single Barrel 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 60% abv, $40.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A wonderfully ripe nose of ripe peaches, cedar and blossom fill the glass with hints of toffee. Quite warm on the palate with baking spices and bacon fat flavors keep you drawn in to this structured whiskey. A sweet and subtly smoky finish dotted with maraschino cherries and citrus lingers on the palate.
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  93 Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 50% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Instantly recognizable aromas of caramel, toasted coconut and sage rise from the glass along with hints of honey. In the mouth it is light on its feet with subtle yet sublime flavors of vanilla, coconut and baking spices. An almond tinged and slightly toasty finish ensues.
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  93 Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 43% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire-roasted corn and cedar box dominate the nose. Quite floral and citrus-tinged as well. Luscious and honey-toned on the palate with a slight sweetness and a touch of anise followed by a subtle smokiness. A long, warm and honey-baked finish ensues.
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  93 Parker's Heritage Collection 7th Edition "Promise of Hope" Single Barrel Straight Bourbon United States, 48% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exquisite bouquet of white flower, mango and campfire smoke. It is quite delicate on the palate with choice flavors of toasted oak and honey accompanied by more-than-welcome savory and smoky undertones. A warm, honey-toned and lingering finish completes this complex whisky.
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  93 Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45.2% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bold and deep, dried figs, and campfire smoke mingle with leather and bacon fat. Quite robust on the palate, with sweet baking spices and dried apricot maintaining a balanced freshness. A lingering finish rife with cinnamon ensues.
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  92 Blanton's Straight from the Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 66.6% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and honey-tinged nose with aromas of orange zest, warm cherry pie, and sweet campfire smoke. Warm and robust on the palate with smooth, earthy flavors of honey-braised parsnips, cinnamon and dried cherry. A powerful, rich and lasting finish ensues with a delicate hint of smokiness. A profound whiskey.
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  92 Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 67.2% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Robust bouquet of vanilla, nutmeg and baked cherries followed by a much more subtle woodsiness. Wonderfully smooth on the palate with a subtle spiciness but much more profound toasted coconut and crushed pecan flavors. A well-rounded and nutty, spicy finish finishes this powerful whiskey.
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  91 Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $20.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Roasted corn and honeysuckle dominate the nose. These aromas lead into a rather unctuous mouthfeel accompanied by honey and sweet spice. A warm, sweet finish punctuated by pecan lingers on the palate.
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  91 Jim Beam Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of orange zest, banana, cinnamon and a suggestion of honeysuckle. A rush of dried stone fruits, brown sugar and cherry accompany a surprisingly smoky character. A lengthy finish, quite smooth, with orange zest making an appearance once again.
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  91 Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully floral with notes of citrus and vanilla bean on the nose. Mouth-filling with smooth notes of toffee, more vanilla and flavors reminiscent of honey-roasted almonds. A long, smooth finish with honey and citrus lingers on the palate. Excellent.
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  91 Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of cigar box and cedar combine with deeper notes of cantaloupe and toasted nutmeg. Ripe melon and honey flavors abound on the palate with a delicate spiciness and sweet smokiness. The finish is honey-tinged and surprisingly dry.
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  91 Whiskey Sister 4 Years Old Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of breakfast cereal, honey and tangerine accompanied by suggestions of almond butter fill the nose. Sweet and mouth-filling flavors of corn, citrus and honey lead into a prolonged and slightly sweet finish with delectable honey tones.
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  91 Zackariah Harris Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A wonderfully delicate bouquet of confectionary banana, pie crust give way to deeper notes of toasted cedar and maple syrup. Rather mellow and soft on the palate with a subtle sweetness and hint of vanilla and brown sugar. Brown sugar lingers on the palate with baked bananas making an appearance.
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  90 Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon United States, 47.3% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of mango, fried plantain, orange blossom, cinnamon and vanilla bean with notes of toasted almond and maraschino cherry. Incredibly deep on the palate. Almond, honey and cherries abound. Honey flavors lead into a virtually unending finish punctuated by mango and citrus. Delectable.
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  89 Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon United States, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delectable nose of ripe peach, candied orange peel and honeysuckle scents mingle with deeper aromas of warm biscuits and vanilla bean. Rich and slightly honeyed with brown sugar, dark cherry and toasted almond flavors coming forward. Wonderfully structured and lengthy finish.
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  89 Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2003 Straight Bourbon United States, 43.3% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opens up with a beautifully perfumed nose of baked apples, spice box and a hint of licorice. Rather distinct creamed corn-like sweetness followed by brown sugar and citrus notes on the palate. Very smooth and exquisite finish.
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  89 Taughannnock Bourbon United States, 40% abv, RUB1010.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate citrus, vanilla and floral aromas rise from the glass. On the palate it is quite light on its feet with hints of sweet smoke and vanilla. The smooth and mellow finish is punctuated by honey and citrus.
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  87 Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon United States, 46% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A sweet and smoky perfume of roasted corn, breakfast cereal and brown sugar with delicate baked cherry notes. Smooth and sweet on the palate. Very subtle and deep notes of almond, brown sugar and freshly baked biscuits. The sweet and nutty notes linger into the finish.
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  84 Vermont Spirits No 14 Bourbon United States, 45% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Bulleit 95 Small Batch Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tropical aromas of mango, banana and brown sugar entice the senses. Slightly sweet on the palate and balanced out by toasted oats, overripe banana and tangerine. A delicate, yet lengthy finish ensues.
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  Finalist 94 Knob Creek Rye Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied orange peel opens up the nose succeeded by eucalyptus, peppermint, and deeper notes of toasted walnut. Honeyed on the palate with dried cherries and peppermint sharing the stage leading into a slightly smoky, spicy and long finish.
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  Finalist 94 Lock Stock and Barrel 13 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 50.65% abv, $119.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exquisitely deep, smoky and complex nose of game meats, baseball glove and toasted earth with undertones of dried cherry. Once in the mouth it is light on its feet yet brooding with bacon fat, stewed peaches and cinnamon and leads into a delicately smoky finish.
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  Finalist 93 Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 50% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe apricot, orange marmalade and toasted oats open up for a delightful bouquet. Rich, slightly honeyed, with a touch of grainy sweetness balanced by toasted earth and ripe apricot. Toasted finish which lingers nicely on the palate.
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  Finalist 92 Russell's Reserve 6 Years Old Rye Whiskey United States, 45.5% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very powerful aromas of smoked meats, peach, anise and vanilla bean rise from the glass. A delectable grainy sweetness is balanced by tangerine, grapefruit zest and dried herbs which leads into an unyielding, yet smooth, finish.
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  Finalist 92 Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate perfume of coconut cream, campfire smoke and ripe pear. These aromas open up into a palate of vanilla, honey, and candied orange peel. A reserved yet deeply elegant finish with a lingering smokiness ensues.
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  91 Templeton Rye Whiskey United States, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Surprisingly delicate nose punctuated by tangerine, pink peppercorn, brown sugar and red plum. Quite rich, slightly honeyed, but with deep, smoky flavors and culminates in a stone fruit-studded and lengthy finish. Sublime.
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  89 Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask Rye Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and nutty on the nose accompanied by much more complex notes of toasted mahogany and leather-bound books. Savory, rich, meaty and semi-sweet in the mouth, it is balanced by cinnamon bark and stewed apricots which carry through into an opulent finish.
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  85 Rock Town Arkansas Rye Whiskey United States, 46% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and toasty aromas of sprouted grain, cornflakes and peach cobbler rise from the glass with a subtle touch of campfire smoke. Very deep and honeyed on the palate with salted caramel and baking spices taking charge before a long, smooth and smoky finish.
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Whiskey

Blended Irish Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Precise and delicate on the nose with honey, coffee grounds and almond butter shining through. Very fresh on the palate showing brighter flavors of ripe plum, preserved peach and candied orange peel. These flavors last into a well-structured and slightly smoky finish.
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  Finalist 95 Kilbeggan 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $115.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A smoky and mineral driven nose meets vanilla and bitter coffee aromas. A silky voluptuous palate projects fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A hint of sweetness adds roundness. The finish is playful, rich, and vivacious.
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  Finalist 94 Bushmills Original Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $39.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of honey-roasted peanut, ripe peach and grapefruit zest with a hint of cocoa butter. Peach and cocoa come through on the palate as well with a salty, mineral-driven finish following suit. Very structured.
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  Finalist 94 The Irishman Founder's Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinct wild clover and candied grapefruit peel aromas mingle with more classic toasted oats and vanilla bean notes. In the mouth it is rich and honeyed with robust flavors of tropical fruits, toasted walnuts and dried herbs. These characteristics lead into a long, smooth finish.
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  Finalist 93 Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant 18-carat gold hue. Aroma is rich, biscuity, and cookie-like, with subtle notes of brown sugar, buttered toast, and toffee. Taste profile features succulent flavors of dried berry fruit (cherry, blackberry), raisin bran, and honey. Finishes long, moderately oily, and toasted.
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  Finalist 93 Jameson 18 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep burnished yellow/gold color. Aroma is moderately sweet-and-sour, walnut-like, prune-like, more fruity than grainy, and deeply impactful. In the mouth, the taste explodes on the tongue in dramatic flavors of black raisins, cherry preserves, and dates. Lovely from start to finish.
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  Finalist 93 Jameson Gold Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Quite fragrant with rolled oats, dark raisin, tangerine and honeysuckle taking the stage. Deeper notes of light brown sugar and dark cherry. Rich and luscious on the tongue with honey, citrus and a subtle smokiness shining through to finish with notes of maraschino cherry and white pepper.
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  Finalist 93 Jameson Black Barrel Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright amber color. Smells of toasted grain, dry breakfast cereal, sawdust, and wheat bread. Taste is medium-sweet, tobacco-like, minerally, and utterly seductive. Aftertaste is deep, moderately viscous, oily, and buttery.
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  Finalist 93 Midleton Very Rare Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $125.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted earth and pomegranate open the nose followed by subtle vestiges of dusty plum and sprouted grain. Viscous with a ripe fruit flavor reminiscent of banana and plum. Brown sugar shows on the finish with a welcome, yet subtle, earthiness.
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  Finalist 93 Teeling Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Light, yet deep, nose of breakfast cereal, sweetgrass, lanolin and waxy plum. On the palate it is delicately sweet with a grainy texture and ripe peach leading into a smooth, toasty and perfectly mellow finish. Delicious.
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  Finalist 92 Bushmills Black Bush Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $49.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted grain, a hint of nutty sherry and black tea lead into a dry palate. Honey and vanilla emerge along with sweet grain as the first impression on the palate, leading to a clean, lingering, bone dry finish.
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  Finalist 92 Cavanagh Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very approachable bouquet of honey-grained breakfast cereal, cinnamon, mahogany and peach nectar. A delicate, grainy sweetness with hints of nectarine dominates the palate before leading into a familiar, concise and slightly floral finish.
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  Finalist 92 Jameson 12 Years Old Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
High-toned, floral and deep nose with maraschino cherry, spicy orange peel and toasted oak. Very smooth mouthfeel with almond, prosciutto and buttered toast coming forward. Elegant and composed on the finish.
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  Finalist 92 Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 43.2% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright and heavy aromas of toasted rye, fresh butter, green pepper and warm biscuits. Starts off peppery in the mouth with notes of cardamom, green apple and spiced earth. The energy continues into a warm, deep finish.
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  91 Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 55% abv, $55.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A nutty, earthy, honeyed nose leads to an earthy, floral and full-bodied palate. Dried herbs, woody notes create a complex flavor profile. The liquid is full-bodied and well structured, with a soft smoky note.
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  90 Irish Mist Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Classically floral nose with connotations of citrus pith, sea-minerals and banana. Slightly sweet in the mouth, and possesses deep caramel and vanilla flavors. Finishes strong with a lingering smokiness and subtle citrus notes.
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  90 Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful nose of orange blossom, roasted agave, brown sugar, apricot and roasted cranberries. Grainy in the mouth with a delicate sweetness bordered by a toasty woodsiness. A medium-length finish shows bright stone fruit and a touch of licorice.
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  89 Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cereal, honeysuckle, and dried apricot meld with mineral notes to create a complex aromatic profile. Mild baking spices, almond, and toffee appear on the palate. The liquid is medium in body, and silky smooth.
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  89 Tullamore D.E.W. Blended Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cocoa butter and candied grapefruit peel set the stage for cherry blossom, crushed chestnut, brown sugar and stewed cherry to shine through. Very structured and textured on the palate which lends a hand to the delicately honeyed and almond-tinged finish.
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Whiskey

Irish Pot Still Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 100 Redbreast 21 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of overripe banana, butterscotch, fresh cream and bacon fat. On the palate it is rich, tropical and very deep. Ripe mango, brioche and toffee lead into an exquisitely textured, dusty and smoky finish.
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  Finalist 96 Powers Signature Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully reserved nose of blood orange, orange blossom and chestnut give way to a delicate earthiness. Once in the mouth it is impressively textured with hazelnut and fresh apple pie leading into a gamey finish punctuated with fresh apricot.
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  Finalist 95 Powers John's Lane Release 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Molasses, malted grain, old leather and brown butter give way to fudge, honeysuckle, pipe tobacco and deep sherry-like spicy, nutty aromas. Wonderfully structured with honey-tinged almond and apricot coming forward before a smooth and gracious finish.
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  Finalist 95 Redbreast 15 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beginning with a soft, floral bouquet before diving deeper into luscious and herbal aromas punctuated by toasted cedar and dark cherry. Elegantly composed on the palate with brown sugar and baked apricots creating an almost bread-like richness. An unyielding and slightly perfumed finish follows.
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  Finalist 95 Redbreast 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, biscuity aromas accompanied by notes of citrus fill the nose. Toasted oak, light brown sugar and cedar join them and lead into a creamy, yet wonderfully briny mouth-feel with candied orange peel and vanilla making an appearance. An enduring, deep finish ensues.
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  Finalist 94 Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 57.7% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Apples, plums and flowers characterize the fruity nose. Intense fruit flavors engage the mouth as sweet spices settle in and turn to roasted coffee beans, cacao and dark toffee. Medium grained in texture, the effect is slightly leathery and bold.
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  Finalist 93 Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 46% abv, $240.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rather decadent perfume of toffee, dried ginger, sweet bell pepper and ripe plum. Once in the mouth it is exceptionally smooth with baked apple and vanilla showing before retreating into a smooth, salty finish.
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  Finalist 92 Green Spot Irish Pot Still Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Amber in the glass with a deep floral character of elderflower and honeysuckle alluding to fruitier notes of ripe red plum and nectarine. The fresh fruit motif continues on the palate with exquisite biscuity flavors. These all lend a hand to a smooth, long finish.
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Whiskey

Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Bushmills 16 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $91.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense, yet enticing, aromas remind one of orange-glazed duck, roasted apple, dried dates and cinnamon. These lead seamlessly into the palate where dark-roasted coffee beans mingle with game meats, burnt earth and dried apricot. Very deep and complex finish.
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  Finalist 95 Bushmills 21 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $120.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Malty aromas fill the glass . Briny jalapeno jousts with rose hips and intense umami-like savory and slightly grapey aromas. Incredibly complex and deep. In the mouth it is savory with flavors of dry-aged meats and treacle leading into a complex, structured and dry, sherry-like finish.
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  Finalist 95 Tullamore D.E.W. 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nectar of apricot, chocolate covered hazelnuts and sweet bell pepper mask faint traces of umami notes reminiscent of smoked salmon. The palate is filled with tastes of ripe pomegranate and stewed pear. Toffee and honey show on the finish which is balanced by a slight fruitiness.
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  Finalist 93 Bushmills 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee and milk chocolate are readily apparent on the nose with deeper notes of toasted oat and honey. White chocolate fudge, clementine, ripe nectarine and smoke join forces to carry this whiskey into a long, semisweet and raisin-like finish.
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  Finalist 93 Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, malty and peaty with massive notes of grilled pineapple, smoked game meats and green olive brine. The peat on the nose translates into honeyed grapefruit flavors with subtle campfire smoke and a very graceful salinity that helps this whiskey finish effortlessly.
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  Finalist 93 The Irishman 12 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of overripe banana are balanced by citrus pith, wet stones and campfire smoke. Once in the mouth it is semisweet with banana continuing to shine through alongside dark cherry and cinnamon. A delicate, yet deep and tropical finish ensues.
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  Finalist 92 Knappogue Castle 12 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent and decadent on the nose with preserved Meyer lemon, poached pear, singed rocky earth and a deep, spicy almond personality. Rich and apple-like in the mouth with a touch of nutmeg and ginger before finishing hardily.
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  Finalist 92 The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Almond-tinged and quite floral at first sniff. Orange blossom and toasted oats are rounded off by a sherry-like brininess. Textured, bready and honeyed in the mouth before giving way to a finish that, while toasty in character, displays fresh stone fruits.
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  Finalist 92 Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright and fruity nose reminiscent of ripe red plum, banana, papaya and mango skin. Also a distinct note of sour cherry. Soft and luscious in the mouth with honey-tinged cantaloupe, orange marmalade and confectionary tangerine. A balanced, semisweet finish showcases lovely perfume on the finish.
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Whiskey

Single Grain Irish Whiskey

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  89 Greenore 8 Years Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey Ireland, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hay/yellow color. Slightly muted opening aromas of grains, new leather, and sour apple. Flavor profile is long, viscous, cornbread-like, and medium dry. Aftertaste is nutty, biscuity, and drier than the midpalate. A revelation from Ireland.
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Whisky

Canadian Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Alberta Premium Dark Horse Canadian Whisky Canada, 45% abv, $29.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A potpourri of aromas including cedar chips, dried cranberry, brown sugar-coated grapefruit and campfire smoke. Deep and nutty in the mouth with toffee, smoke and a graceful salinity giving way to a deep, piney and lingering finish.
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  Finalist 92 Collingwood Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $27.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas that are reminiscent of a working maple sugar shack. Fire smoke, burnt sugar, toasted oak and old leather. Slightly grainy in the mouth with deep flavors of nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar all of which culminate in a delightfully smooth finish.
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  Finalist 91 Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very powerful on the nose with aromas of campfire smoke, toasted cedar, burnt earth and forest shrub notes and a touch of vanilla. In the mouth, it is citrusy with shortbread and white raisin flavors coming forward and then retreating to a rather reserved and smoky, elegant finish.
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  89 Wiser's 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $85.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Undoubtedly vanilla-tinged on the nose with deep licorice, peppermint and cinnamon aromas bringing up the rear. Baked peach and cinnamon are ever-present on the palate with additional delicate citrus notes appearing. Wonderfully mellow all the way through.
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  88 Canadian Club Small Batch 12 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked cherries and old leather dominate the nose with touches of honeysuckle and dried sage. Rather delicate on the palate where vanilla bean and orange marmalade shine through with a hint of dried cherry. Finishes strong with dried apricot and cinnamon.
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  87 Canadian Club 1858 5 Years Old Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
This whisky starts off with delicate aromas of hazelnut, toffee and smoky oak on the nose and leads into honey-toned notes of grain and vanilla flavors in the mouth with a slight hint of orange zest. Delicate and mellow finish with notes of honey.
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  87 Lot No. 40 Rye Canadian Whisky Canada, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark and toasty notes of coconut, brown sugar, oats and peach prevail on the nose. Once in the mouth, it is pleasantly round with a distinct, herbal quality that finishes off with a robust, lengthy and subtly smoky character. Delightful.
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  87 Pike Creek Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $32.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Distinctive nose of leather-bound books, toasted cedar and tobacco with fruitier notes of dried fig and stewed plum. Very rich with flavors of maple syrup, medicinal herbs and dried apricot leading into a smooth, mellow and exquisitely complex finish.
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  87 Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly bright on the nose. Cedar, pipe tobacco, pink grapefruit and freshly turned earth and garrigue come to mind. Similarly high-toned on the palate. Crushed white pepper mingles with peach and citrus before cascading into a toffee-tinged and smooth finish.
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  86 Legacy Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intriguing bouquet of cantaloupe, rose hips, peppermint and candied orange peel. Very complex. Round, rich and sappy in the mouth, with rich notes of toffee, toasted almond and ripe melon. Deep and toasty finish with a gentle salinity.
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  86 Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Faint yet distinct nose of toffee, crushed walnut and toasted marshmallow. Dry and mouth-filling with spice box flavors accompanying more subtle hints of vanilla and dried apricot. Wonderfully mellow on the finish.
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  85 Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky Canada, 40% abv, $11.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla and buttered toast emerge on the nose. Also a hint of salted caramel. In the mouth it is soft with a mouth-coating grainy sweetness and deep vanilla and peach flavors. The finish lasts long on the palate.
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Whisky

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 98 Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $579.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm aromas of baked fruit layered with spices and hints of smoke. Silky smooth in the mouth with rich spiced apples, caramel and pastry. Earthy on the finish with some woodsy smoke and leather. Very fine.
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  Finalist 97 The Glenlivet 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $130.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried cherries and apricots intermix with caramel on the slightly smoked nose. It is rich and spicy in the mouth with dark notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Rich and complex.
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  Finalist 96 Aberlour 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried apricot and fresh oranges mingle with light smoke aromas. In the mouth it leads with a touch of sweetness and soft vanilla and honey notes. Spice and smoke are subtle and integrate nicely with the exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.
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  Finalist 96 Balblair 2002 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bouquet offers notes of mushroom and smoke. The palate starts with sea salt spray and moves to dark roasted wood, golden toffee, roasted peanuts and a touch of cayenne. Leathery and powerful.
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  Finalist 96 Glenfarclas 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $149.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Caramelized notes of golden raisins, confectionary and a touch of woodsy earth on the nose. The palate leads with flavors of salted roasted cashews followed by soft baking spices that lead into intensely rich caramel and coffee. The finish is smooth and lingering. Complex and powerful.
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  Finalist 96 Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Earthy and sweet aromas combine cereal grains, straw, and baking spices. Rich in the mouth there is considerable spice up front with undertones of apricot and butter. The palate turns toward caramel and coffee with lots of cinnamon spice on the finish.
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  Finalist 96 Highland Park 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 45.7% abv, $700.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich and nutty on the nose, there are aromas of smoked honey and a slightly floral perfume. Concentrated flavors on the palate are of cedar, clove, caramel and vanilla. The texture starts smooth and finishes with suede-like sweetness.
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  Finalist 96 Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm aromas of golden raisins, sweet spice and smokey caramel. The flavors are richly concentrated with sweet caramel, smoked maple, and butter cookies giving way to gentle spiciness. The texture is suede and very smooth. A pleasure.
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  Finalist 96 Highland Park 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is decidedly smokey-sweet with hints of flowers. The flavors on the palate are characterized by campfire smoke, cedar and toffee. Baking spices on the back end give a nice tingling finish. Delicious.
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  Finalist 96 The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Notes of spiced apples and oranges mix with grassy aromas on the intricately layered nose. The flavors are elegant and delicate in the mouth offering floral tones, light caramel and coffee and a touch of smoke throughout. Incredibly smooth and round, silken.
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  Finalist 96 The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A rich smoky nose is earthy and lightly spiced. Nicely balanced in the mouth with hints of sweet stone fruit, salted caramel and generous baking spices. The flavors develop into dark nutty toffee for a lingering and slightly leathery finish.
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  Finalist 95 Aberlour 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A toasty nose with aromas of hazelnut, toffee and sugar cookies. Spicier on the palate with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, there is a back note of toasted oats and light vanilla accents. The supple mouthfeel is silky all the way through.
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  Finalist 95 Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 54.2% abv, $78.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and smokey aromas of vanilla, pastries and cream. In the mouth it is nutty and salty with campfire smoke, honeysuckle and buttered toast. The finish is spicy and vibrant with a rustic mouthfeel.
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  Finalist 95 Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An assortment of dried fruit interweaves with fresh chopped pine and hazelnut ganache on the nose. A silky, smoky sweetness envelops the palate and brings around flavors of dark roasted coffee ground, golden raisin and vanilla bean. A lingering finish rife with tobacco and sweet spice ensues.
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  Finalist 95 BenRiach Solstice 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 50% abv, $102.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fruity, smoky and vibrant on the nose with much deeper notes of balsamic, beetroot, turned earth and vanilla custard. Once in the mouth, heavy peat flavors are balanced out by spicy orange peel, apricot and cinnamon adding up to a long, mellow and smoky finish. Exquisite.
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  Finalist 95 Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $199.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Spiced apple sauce and baking spices on the warm and inviting nose. In the mouth it is smooth and velvety with a pleasant sweetness up front. Flavors combined caramelized honey, honeysuckle and light roasted coffee for a very elegant flavor profile.
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  Finalist 95 Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are bright and mostly earthy with fresh cut grass, oats, and some light caramel. In the mouth there is a delicate sweetness, honeyed floral notes and soft baking spices. Light caramel and a touch of smoke in the silken body make this an elegant and luxurious whisky.
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  Finalist 95 Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $120.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smokey and earthy on the nose, the aromas are pure and focused. In the mouth it is soft and silky with saline flavors giving way to smokiness, light caramel, and hints of coffee. Decidedly savory, the finish goes on and on.
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  Finalist 95 Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $54.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted oak shines through a bouquet of campfire smoke, sweetgrass, apricot preserves and ripe mango. A delicate sweetness in the mouth is balanced by savory, meaty flavors and a touch of tropical fruit. A surprisingly smooth finish with plentiful mango undertones follows.
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  Finalist 95 Longmorn 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $76.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of pastry and peaches are mellow and warm. On the palate there is salted caramel, coffee and toasted nuts. There is a moderate spiciness and tobacco leaf character on the finish that lasts long in the mouth.
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  Finalist 95 Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 45.8% abv, $66.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense smokiness on the nose with warm baking spices underneath. Sweet and woodsy on the palate with tons of campfire smoke and spice, flavors of charred wood and cedar integrate into the smooth leathery texture. Powerful and elegant.
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  Finalist 95 The Glenlivet XXV 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of spiced apples and leather are bold. The palate starts silky smooth with cinnamon raisin, pastry and moderate campfire smoke. The texture turns somewhat grainy and finishes with salted caramel and earthy complexity.
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  Finalist 95 The Glenlivet 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $45.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Orange blossom and custard aromas mingle on the nose with a hint of smoke. Flavors of light caramel, baking spices, buttered toast and toffee create a balance between sweet and savory. The texture is round and soft with a more rustic finish.
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  Finalist 95 The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
On the nose, toasted almond, tangerine and dried cherries mingle with more serious notes of peat smoke, toasted earth and oats. Generous and honeyed on the palate with light brown sugar, vanilla, and a subtle smokiness making an appearance before a powerful finish.
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  Finalist 95 The Macallan 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $209.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and honey-tinged aromas of pecan pie, dried lavender and vanilla bean are complemented by a subtle smokiness. A complex palate shows a delicate sweetness balanced by toffee, hazelnut and orange peel essence before concluding with a profound and elongated finish.
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  Finalist 95 Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Barrel Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are decidedly earthy with hints of orange zest showing through. On the palate there are notes of burnt orange peel, fresh twigs and dark roast coffee. Caramel and a slightly sweet floral note last long on the finish.
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  Finalist 94 Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $169.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inviting aromas of cinnamon buns, dried fruits and toffee are sweet on the nose. In the mouth it is floral and earthy with supporting flavors of stone fruit, vanilla, coconut and coffee. The texture is smooth and suede-like.
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  Finalist 94 Glenfarclas 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet aromas of baked goods and spices are warm and nutty. Light and airy on the palate with plenty of bright and salty caramel, grain and nut flavors. Distinctly earthy with a mushroom-like flavor running throughout.
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  Finalist 94 Glenmorangie The Original 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $40.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are subtle with lemons, honey, apples and light brown sugar. It is medium light in the mouth with red apple flavors that develop into rich caramel, toffee, tobacco and smoke. The finish is spicy and clean.
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  Finalist 94 Glenmorangie Companta Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $99.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
With a nose reminiscent of ruby port, it shows wonderful dried fig, shaved nutmeg and earthy, even cardamon, aromas. In the mouth it is extremely robust, yet well balanced with savory smoked meat blending with sumptuous dried fig before finishing effortlessly.
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  Finalist 94 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm and toasty fruit aromas of pomegranate, cranberry and candied orange peel hint at deeper notes of breakfast cereal. Palate is smooth and rife with more tropical flavors of dried apricot and fresh fig to enjoy before finishing with finesse and elegance.
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  Finalist 94 Highland Park Loki 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48.7% abv, $249.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smoked flowers and dried fruit on the intensely aromatic nose. In the mouth the flavor starts out sweet and earthy, quickly turning to spice and smoke. Cigar box flavors linger long on the leathery finish.
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  Finalist 94 Laphroaig 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $84.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starts off with a surprisingly delicate perfume of white flower, ripe apricot, grapefruit zest and pink peppercorn before leading into decidedly reserved flavors in the mouth. Delicate flavors of smoky pine and apricot linger before culminating in an exquisite, tropical finish.
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  Finalist 94 The Macallan Fine Oak 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $179.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Combines the depth and complexity of fine grappa and sherry with briny, Muscat-like aromas blended with toasted walnut and ripe mango. Exquisitely textured with ripe apricot giving way to a delicate smokiness and deeper salty flavors. Finishes strong and effortlessly with an underlying minerality.
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  Finalist 94 The Macallan 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $56.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee, butterscotch, and notes of barley are backed by mild smoky notes. Straightforward notes of sherry, soft vanilla, and cherries come through on the palate. The finish further builds in intensity.
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  93 anCnoc Highland 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Salted caramel on the nose with hints of lemon rind and nutmeg are intricate and appealing. Sweeter on the palate with considerable spice leading to smoke and coffee flavors. Round and supple in texture.
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  93 Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57.1% abv, $89.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A nutty nose with toasted walnuts, oats, roasted apricots and hints of smoke. In the mouth it is richly layered with spice, roasted stone fruit and light caramel. Intense smokiness throughout and lingering on and on after each sip.
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  93 Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $56.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Earthy with barnyard, straw and smoke aromas. Salty and spicy on the palate with generous amounts of smokey peat. The texture is leathery, nicely complimenting the honeyed smokiness that lasts on and on in the mouth.
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  93 Auchentoshan Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $129.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied orange peel and deeper, roasted cocoa bean aromas fill the nose. Salted caramel and cinnamon-coated apples are present as well. Very ripe mouthfeel with only the slightest hint of smoke give way to a citrus-file and incessant finish. Outstanding.
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  93 Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intense campfire smoke aromas dominate the nose. Impeccably soft and pillowy on the palate, there is a gentle sweetness reminiscent of breakfast cereal that leads to rich cedar smoke and cigar box. Delicious.
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  93 Bowmore Darkest 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cinnamon and sherry abound on the nose. Soft and heavily smokey in the mouth, some hints of sweet raisin and dried fig come through on the palate with the earthy campfire flavors lasting on and on. The texture is round and silken.
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  93 Glen Garioch Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $109.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intricately layered aromas of sweet spice, freshly toasted wood and brandied fruits on the nose. The flavor is spice-driven with some green wood flavors that mellow into coffee and chocolate. A gentle smokiness pervades the fine grained texture.
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  93 Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Buttery aromas of caramels and roasted peaches. Smooth and spicy in the mouth, sweet ripe fruit turns into spice-laden caramel, coffee and tobacco leaf. Rich with smoke throughout, the final effect is leathery and full flavored.
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  93 Glendronach Tawny Port Wood Finish 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is intriguing with sweet spices and ripe juicy red fruits. In the mouth it is intensely spiced with red apples, burnt caramel and espresso. Lightly smokey on the finish, it is rustic and bold.
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  93 Glenfarclas 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh and salty aromas are reminiscent of young spring plants, sea breeze and red grapes. Some ripe fruit and raisins on the palate with flavors of toasted wood that give way to burnt caramel and toffee on the finish.
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  93 Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Briny and toasty on the nose with suggestions of maple, cinnamon and fresh fig shining through. Decidedly semisweet with salted caramel, baked pear and campfire smoke coalescing into a classic, sherry-like finish. Fantastic.
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  93 Laphroaig Original Cask Strength 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 57.2% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Heavily smoky and meaty on the nose yet balanced by subtle citrus aromas and a hint of apricot and candied ginger. Light bodied but with powerful flavors of peat smoke, sea brine and toasted walnut. Vanilla makes an appearance before finishing robust and smoky.
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  93 Scapa 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully expressive. Strawberry, kiwi, apricot and mango skin allude to deeper and more complex notes of toffee and caramel covered apple. In the mouth it delivers a distinct honey-toned sensation of custard and biscuit dough before delivering a smooth, silky finish dotted with apricot.
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  92 Aberlour A'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 59% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and concentrated aromas of nuts and raisins. The flavors in the mouth begin salty and spicy, slowly turning to sweet dried fig and candied nuts. The texture is leathery and rustic adding to the intensity of this whisky.
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  92 Aberlour Non-Chill Filtered 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are soft with cereal grains and honeysuckle. Rich on the palate with ripe stone fruit, thick cinnamon spice, and dark toffee with an interplay between dark and sweet is reminiscent of burnt honey. Smooth and fine-grained.
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  92 Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very floral with layers of toasted coconut meat, vanilla and peach and a musty, forest-floor like characteristic. Rather smoky as well. Medium-bodied with a delicate sweet-smokiness and a subtle flavor of smoked meat and caramel apple. Very smooth finish.
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  92 Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Smokey caramel and stone fruit aromas interplay on the nose. In the mouth there is sea salt, intense clove and cinnamon, and light caramel. On the finish there is dark toffee and tobacco leaf. Leathery in texture, this is a powerful whisky.
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  92 Glenfarclas 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $89.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is pungent with butter pastries, caramel and honeysuckle. The palate is saltier with notes of stone fruit, smoke and butterscotch. Incredibly round and smooth in texture like fine silk. Lovely to sip.
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  92 Glenrothes Alba Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $54.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of red apples and coconut on the nose. It is light and crisp in the mouth with subtle flavors of toasted coconut and vanilla that turn slightly caramelized and dark on the smooth and fresh finish.
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  92 Laphroaig 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful smoky aromas give way to more delicate hints of breakfast cereal, fresh mown grass and peach. Delicately sweet, yet robust with oat flavors abutting mango and banana. A composed and sweet-smoky finish ensues.
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  92 Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very powerful aromas of ripe red apple, Anjou pear, toasted wheat and orange blossom. Once in the mouth it is delicately sweet with hints of almond milk, vanilla, grilled peach and brown sugar. Fragrances found on the nose present themselves again for a sooth finish.
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  92 Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Classic Speyside aromas of spicy candied orange peel, burnt earth and garrigue are offset by a honeyed smokiness. The palate shows wonderful flavors of vanilla and walnut butting heads with hints of cured ham. On the finish it is smooth, generous and well structured.
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  92 The Glenlivet 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is medium rich with hints of smoke, marzipan and honeyed citrus. There is a sweetness in the mouth followed by spiced apples and roasted coffee beans. The slightly grainy but smooth texture is perfumed with a gentle smokiness throughout.
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  91 BenRiach Horizons 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 50% abv, $83.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Roasted nuts, toasted grains, and cocoa nibs create a compelling aroma profile. Sherry sweetness flirts with floral notes and a structured backbone. The finish is lengthy, with a subtly smoky aftertaste.
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  91 Glen Garioch 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 48% abv, $64.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely aromas of apple blossoms, fresh apricots and maple. Light and crisp, it is vibrant in the mouth with spiced caramel coated apple flavors that give way to rich peaty smoke and a toffee-laden finish.
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  90 Aberfeldy 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Savory aromas of grass and minerals dominate the nose. In the mouth it is incredibly soft with clean and bright flavors of fresh cut grass and flowers developing into roasted stone fruit, toffee and coffee complexity. The finish is long and smooth.
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  90 Aberlour 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm and rich aromas are of honeyed stone fruit, earthy smoke and tropical flowers. On the palate it is elegant with flavors of cereal grains, soft caramel and a touch of spice. Incredibly soft, it is velvety in the mouth.
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  90 Glenfarclas 105 Proof Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 60% abv, $89.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A toasty, malty aroma tinged with notes of toffee, honey and black tea leads to a palate of subtle butterscotch, dried prunes and apricots, dark chocolate and warming spices. The finish is sharp, quick, and clean.
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  90 McClelland's Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Caramelized peanut, confectionery and freshly cut wood fill the nose. Caramelized peaches and sea salt on the palate are rich and deep, followed by spiced wood and pale tobacco. The texture is piquant and tingling.
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  89 Old Pulteney 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dry notes of toffee, hay, and subtle smoke create a complex, savory aroma. Honey, toasted oak, and dried fruits intermingle, creating an off-dry flavor profile. The finish is luscious, sustained, and well rounded.
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  89 Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Barrel Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brandy-like aromas are soft and delicate with flowers and white grapes. In the mouth it is very spicy with layers of clove and cinnamon. Coffee flavors enter on the long lasting and leathery finish.
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  85 Glenrothes 2001 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $64.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A nutty nose with walnuts, raisins and fresh oats. The palate is medium rich with layered spice, toasted oats and light vanilla notes. The texture is piquant and slightly leathery. Vanilla lingers subtly on the finish.
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Whisky

Blended Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Ballantine's 17 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 43% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is characterized by cinnamon spice and tobacco leaf. Sweet and smokey in the mouth, flavors begin with stone fruit then turn to coffee, chocolate and toffee. The texture is silken and smooth throughout.
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  Finalist 96 Chivas Regal 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers enticing aromas of mace, savory pastry and hints of smoke. The palate is rich and smokey with dark toffee flavors, butter and grilled toast. It is remarkably smooth and round, leaving the mouth feeling velvety. Wonderful.
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  Finalist 96 Royal Salute 38 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $600.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are delicate suggesting oatmeal, sugar and light smokiness. In the mouth it has a touch of sweetness up front that integrates with rich layers of campfire smoke and toffee. The texture is silken and extremely elegant.
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  Finalist 95 Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $69.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A lovely spiced nose with layers of dried fruit and warm baked goods. The palate has a nice interplay of savory and sweet flavors supported by toasted wood and coffee flavors. The texture is medium grained and leathery.
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  Finalist 95 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $225.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dazzling floral aromatics of honeysuckle, elderflower and wild clover lead into deeper notes of biscuits and brown sugar. Rich, toasty and honeyed in the mouth with rolled oats, creme brulee and toasted nutmeg shining through. Everything culminates in a textured, smoky finish.
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  Finalist 95 Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $110.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, cracked white pepper and a briny, sherry-like nuttiness fill the nose followed by a subdued essence of banana. Opulent and toasty on the palate, it is rounded off by baking spices and a refreshing dried cherry characteristic. Breakfast cereal and tropical fruits linger long into the finish.
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  Finalist 94 Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Peaches, licorice, apricot, vanilla and rosemary comprise a wonderfully layered nose complemented by a delicate hint of peat. A soft sweetness gives way to deeper levels of smoke, stone fruits and toasted oak before crescendoing on the finish. Wonderfully textured.
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  Finalist 94 Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $35.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Enticing aromas of breakfast cereal, toasted earth, juniper and cedar box with delicate aromas of pipe tobacco. Mild flavor and light on its feet with rolled oats, a touch of nutmeg , white raisin and a subtle smokiness. Wonderfully plush and composed finish.
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  Finalist 93 Ballantine's 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of stone fruit and pastry are enticing. Incredibly focused on the palate with flavors of sweet pastry and campfire smoke. Tobacco leaf and light roasted coffee beans linger on the soft finish.
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  Finalist 93 Buchanan's Red Seal 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $149.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of orange peel, nutmeg and mace as well as toasted oats all play on the nose. Notes of clover honey, honeysuckle and roasted nuts all mingle under a blanket of moderate smoke. The mouthfeel is silken and elegant.
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  Finalist 93 Campbeltown Loch Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $35.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent nose full of earthy spice is invigorating. Incredibly smooth and silky on the palate, there are strong notes of cedar, ripe stone fruit, cinnamon and campfire smoke. The finish is round and stays smoky in the mouth.
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  Finalist 93 Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $75.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Buttery aromas of toasted oats and nuts with slight citrus notes. Sea salt on the palate is refreshing along with ripe orange, tobacco and caramel. The texture is dusty and leaves the mouth pleasantly powdery.
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  Finalist 93 Dewar's 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Custard, salted caramel-covered green apple, shaved nutmeg and milk chocolate comprise this wonderfully complex nose. Very rich in the mouth with honey, ginger spice and walnuts balancing out a heavy peat smoke. Semisweet and lingering finish.
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  Finalist 93 Dewar's 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hearty aromas of charred cedar, smoked meats, vanilla, hazelnut and dark chocolate covered cherries rise from the glass. Mouth-filling and deep with amazingly complex flavors of caramelized onion, peat and grapefruit. Dark chocolate lingers on the finish with a delicate smokiness.
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  Finalist 93 Grand Macnish Sherry-Cask Aged 15 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $37.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Creamy, sherry-like notes of almond butter, dried apricot and stewed cinnamon apples. Very rich on the palate with a touch of smoke that leads into a deep and perfumed finish of briny nuttiness and dried peach.
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  Finalist 93 Grand Macnish Dual-Cask Aged 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $26.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh apricot, vanilla and peppermint give way to a rather enticing hint of wild boar meat. Luscious and honeyed on the palate with campfire smoke and stone fruits shining through. The finish is equally honeyed with deep vanilla undertones.
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  Finalist 93 Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $87.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Explosive aroma of toasted walnut gives way to light notes of sweetgrass, barley, pastry dough and mango. Quite luscious on the palate, reminiscent of bran, dried fig and campfire smoke. Beautifully refined finish.
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  92 Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of sugar cookies and cereal grains are clean and refreshing. Sweet and soft on the palate, flavors are of confectionary, apricots and baking spices. Light and airy in texture, it leaves the mouth feeling silky smooth.
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  92 Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $31.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent aromas of vanilla custard, dried stone fruit and floral bouquets fill the glass. Supple in the mouth it is complex with baking spices, apple cake and dark nutty toffee. Balanced between spicy and sweet, it is overall round and mellow.
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  92 Grand Old Parr 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very bright on the nose. Smells of a summer barbecue with maple-glazed smoked meats, toasted barley, grilled peaches and orange blossom. Very smooth mouthfeel, nutty, smoky and deep dried fruit flavors. These all culminate into a dark chocolate-like, nutty finish.
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  92 Johnnie Walker Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $42.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex savory aromas abound, not unlike a dry-aged steak. Also bacon fat, peat smoke and dried sage blend with stewed peach. On the palate it is rich and delicately honeyed with white pepper, campfire smoke and just the slightest hint of tropical fruit. Elegant finish.
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  91 Buchanan's Master Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is fresh with aromas of beeswax, oranges, and herbs. Round and smooth, the flavors are decidedly darker in character with burnt orange peel, cinnamon spice and light smoke. The texture is dusty, almost powdery on the long finish.
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  90 Chivas Regal 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A warm nose of spiced citrus and sweet pastry aromas. Light and crisp in the mouth the flavors are distinctly spicy with a touch of sea salt. The finish is laden with light coffee, cinnamon and orange zest.
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  90 Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $25.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rather gentle notes of toasted cedar, orange zest and roasted hazelnuts rise from the glass. Delightfully light bodied with a prickle of honey followed by marmalade and campfire smoke. A long, smooth finish follows and allows for hazelnut and a slight smokiness to shine through.
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  90 Royal Thistle Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh like a spring day with freshly mown grass, orange peel, rolled oats and subdued notes of wet wool. In the mouth it has a subtle spiciness which is balanced by baking spices and more citrus. The finish is surprisingly delicate with citrus pith lingering on the tongue.
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  89 Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very delicate on the nose. Scents of salted caramel, buttermilk, apricot and a malty smokiness charge forward into tropical, peaty, and happily confectionary flavors. Perfectly spicy on the finish with almond and campfire smoke lingering on the palate.
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  89 Royal Salute 21 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $200.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose balances aromas of roasted stone fruits, campfire smoke and dried cherries. In the mouth it is gentle and floral with soft vanilla, apricot, and warm spice. Absolutely silken in texture it is a luxury to sip.
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  89 The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very aromatic blend of breakfast cereal, orange blossom, vanilla and the most delicate hint of peat smoke. Peat and vanilla custard allude to a semisweet and sumptuous finish punctuated by stone fruit and citrus. The finish lingers on the palate.
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Whisky

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Big Peat Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive topaz/hay-like color. Oodles of campfire smoke aromas that are vibrant with traces of toasted marshmallow, bark, seaweed, and cigar tobacco. Dry at first in mouth, then the taste profile opens up to a sweeter, pipe tobacco-like degree that's slightly honeyed. A rabble-rouser of a blended malt.
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  Finalist 92 Scallywag Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 46% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla custard and nutmeg open up the nose with a deliciously semisweet petrol smokiness. Medium-bodied on the palate with custard showing itself again with cinnamon-crusted apples and smoky meats. On the finish it is surprisingly nutty with a mealy, earthy character closing it out.
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  Finalist 91 Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 12 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scotland, 40% abv, $67.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful aromas of smoked wood and stone fruits. A touch of sweetness on the soft palate with deep concentrated smoke flavors, nicely complemented by an earthy core and toffee undertone. Balanced and refined.
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Whisky

Japanese Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky Japan, 45% abv, $66.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ambrosial notes of sprouted grain, honey, bacon fat and orange blossom accompany deeper notes of toasted hazelnut. Exquisite and opulent in the mouth with a delicate sweetness and meatiness that harkens back to the nose. Sultry and elegant finish.
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Whisky

Breton Whisky

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  90 Armorik Single Malt Breton Whisky France, 46% abv, $54.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pungent and smoky upon first sniff with deeper nutty tones rounded off by vanilla bean, brown sugar and baked dark cherry. Cherry notes are present on the palate with campfire smoke, almond, apricot and game meat reminiscent of roasted lamb. Very structured and elegant.
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Flavored Whisk(e)y

Flavored Whisk(e)y - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  90 Knob Creek Smoked Maple Flavored Whiskey United States, 45% abv, $30.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very powerful aromas of sausage, maple sugar and salted caramel are balanced by more subtle aromas of candied grapefruit peel. In the mouth it is luscious and sweet with deep, smoky flavors of maple syrup and toasted vanilla bean. Very smooth all the way through.
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  88 Hochstader's Slow & Low Straight Rye Old Fashioned Flavored Whiskey United States, 42.5% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Zesty aromas of candied orange peel, honeysuckle, brown sugar and medicinal herbs on the nose lead into a complex, yet fruit-filled palate punctuated by a sweet, smoky salinity. Very graceful. The finish is long and very smooth.
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Brandy

American Brandy

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Osocalis Heritage American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright aromas of stone fruit, preserved lemons and nutmeg are playful in the glass. It is spiced and almost tangy in the mouth. Rich flavors of cinnamon baked apples and light caramel last long on the finish.
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  Finalist 90 E&J Gallo XO American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Topaz/amber color. Displays moderately dry notes of old leather, raisins, figs, and toasted walnut in the bouquet. Taste profile highlights medium-sweet flavors of candy bar, oak resin, vanilla bean, and dark caramel.
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  87 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Apple American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $34.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delightful aromas of red apples and apple blossoms are clean and fresh. Light in the mouth it is dry and somewhat dusty with generous red apple and floral flavors as the nose would suggest. A dry finish leaves the mouth clean.
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  87 E&J Gallo VSOP American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $12.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Burnished orange color. Fruity aromas with traces of baking spices. Entry is confectioner shop sweet, with enticing baked apple, coffee and roasted almond flavors leading into a honeyed, slightly fruity finish.
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  86 E&J Gallo VS American Brandy United States, 40% abv, $10.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty, bright topaz color. Aromas of citrus, white grapes, caramel and hints of cinnamon. Entry is fruity, ripe, delicately sweet, grapy and nutty. Aftertaste is clean, balanced and tasty.
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Brandy

Armagnac

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 98 Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $799.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are soft and delicate, slightly floral. The palate is smooth and lovely featuring hints of vanilla and cinnamon, snickerdoodle cookies and white flowers in interplay. The finish is light and leaves the mouth warm and spice-coated. Delicious.
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  Finalist 96 Armagnac Castarède Reserve de la Famille 20 Years Old Armagnac France, 40% abv, $105.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is buttery and reminiscent of rum-raisin ice cream. In the mouth it is light and spicy, featuring flavors of croissant and cinnamon with notes of butter and honey. The texture is smooth and fine-grained, creating a suede-like effect on the tongue.
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  Finalist 95 Chateau du Busca Hors d'Age 15 Years Old Armagnac France, 40% abv, $110.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is gentle and suggests pastry cream and white grapes. The flavors are delicate in the mouth with trace hints of mace and nutmeg. The texture is overall round and smooth with some piquant spice lingering on the palate.
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  Finalist 94 Chateau de Laubade Extra 35 Years Old Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $349.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nutmeg and raisin aromas are pungent on the nose. In the mouth flavors of dried fig, mace, and rice pudding fit nicely into the silky texture and medium body. The finish is bright and up-lifting with hints of burnt toffee.
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  Finalist 92 Larresingle XO Armagnac France, 43% abv, $79.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Savory, herbaceous aromas which include rosemary and shiitake blend with an aromatic component of apple and dried apricot. The palate is soft, dark and voluptuous with floral aspects and a hint of cocoa nib.
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  Finalist 90 Marie Duffau Hors d'Age 12 Years Old Bas-Armagnac France, 40% abv, $58.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A rich nose full of golden raisins and fresh flowers. On the palate it is equally rich with very pure flavors of white flowers, fresh figs and light baking spice. The texture is extremely smooth and silky. Overall luxurious.
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Brandy

Calvados

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Pere Magloire 20 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $90.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep baked apple notes meet stewed prunes and baking spices- cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Occasionally a bright note of fresh apple or citrus appears. Baking spices and a sherry profile emerge on the palate, with a dry, yet honeyed finish.
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  Finalist 95 Lecompte 25 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $279.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee, toasted almonds, caramelized apples and honey all waft gently from the glass. The palate is incredibly voluptuous - light in body but clings to and fully coats the mouth. Rich flavors of stewed prunes, baked apple, and leather marry perfectly on the palate.
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  Finalist 95 Lecompte 18 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich aromas of fresh and lightly caramelized apple are warm. The flavors lead with salted caramel and develop into strong fresh red apple flavors before turning to hints of coffee and toffee on the finish. Wonderful.
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  Finalist 93 Boulard XO Auguste Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $250.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright aromas of apples and citrus peel. In the mouth it soft and velvety. Flavors are delicate with notes of red apples, flowers and confectionary. The finish is just a touch spicy and very pleasant.
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  Finalist 93 Boulard XO Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $99.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh golden apple juice, honeysuckle, muscat, toffee, and toasted almond provide an incredibly aromatic nose. Honeyed sweetness and baked apple appear on the palate, contributing to a rich flavor profile with a surprisingly dry, clean finish.
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  Finalist 93 Calvados Christian Drouin 1990 Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $195.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Notes of dried apples and light honey dominate the nose. Bright in the mouth with a distinct apple blossom perfume. Palate is layered with warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and the finish is beautifully soft.
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  Finalist 93 Lecompte 12 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $70.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tones of baked apple and fall spices form a complex first impression. Candied orange, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of fresh lemon zest round out the nose. On the palate caramelized flavors develop and morph into a voluptuous liquid. The finish is bold and elegant.
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  Finalist 93 Pere Magloire VSOP Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Baked, ripe, and candied apple leap from the glass. The amber color suggests the mouthfeel - voluptuous, rounded and silky with a hint of fruity sweetness. More baked apple and warm fall spices on the palate, with a round, weighty finish.
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  Finalist 93 Roger Groult 8 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 41% abv, $68.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft and dusty nose develops into deep fresh and caramelized apple notes. Light toffee, honey, and honeysuckle are expressed on the palate. Subtle floral notes appear in an otherwise bone dry, penetrating finish.
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  92 Calvados Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $110.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Candied apple and butterscotch evolve into a distinctly floral nose. The liquid coats the mouth. Soft notes of apple and pear emerge from an otherwise structured palate. The finish is lengthy and complex.
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  92 Lecompte 5 Years Old Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $48.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe apple, lychee, honeysuckle and stone fruit leap out of the glass. The first impression on the palate is one of soft, baked apple, and muted floral tones. The body is well structured with a playful, lengthy finish.
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  92 Roger Groult Venerable Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 41% abv, $105.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A spicy nose offers aromas of cinnamon baked apples and dried fruit. In the mouth it is dry with bright apples and red apple skin leading to toasted nut flavors and burnt caramel on the long flavorful finish.
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  91 Boulard Grand Solage VSOP Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An aromatic nose of honey, creme brûlée, and toasted almonds leads to a medium-bodied, fruit-driven, yet bone dry palate. Fresh and baked apples and mild warming spices linger in a subtle dry finish.
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  91 Calvados Christian Drouin Selection Calvados France, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle apple, orange, and cherry blossom aromas transform into delicate notes of fresh apple and cider. The palate is similarly elegant- bone dry, clean and crisp in the mouth with a delicate floral finish.
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  91 Calvados Christian Drouin 1984 Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $235.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee, baked apple, and caramelized brown sugar lead on the nose. Subtle aromas of dried apricot and stewed fruit develop as a secondary impression. A silky palate initially withholds penetrating flavor, then develops a structured backbone. The finish is intense, incredibly dry, and pleasurable.
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  91 Calvados Christian Drouin VSOP Pale & Dry Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 42% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A musty, dusty, mineral-driven nose morphs into ripe apple upon closer examination. On the palate earthy, nutty flavors prevail, with a strong woody backbone and dry floral, apple blossom finish.
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  91 Pere Magloire XO Calvados, Pays d'Auge France, 40% abv, $65.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A nose replete with aromas of sherry, honey, stewed fruit, and brûléed apple form a delightful first impression. The flavor profile is dark and sultry, with notes of baked apple, prunes, and tobacco. The finish is balanced and longlasting.
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  89 Pere Magloire Isadora Calvados France, 40% abv, $150.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla bean, prunes, and honeyed sherry blend with baked apples on the nose. Darker baking spices like allspice and star anise appear immediately on the palate, followed by a structured, earthy, and progressive finish.
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Brandy

Cognac

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Delamain Pale & Dry Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $119.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of white grape juice and chrysanthemum are very pleasing. Creamy and rich on the palate with tastes of light caramel and baking spices, butter and pastry cream. Toffee notes persist on the lingering finish.
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  Finalist 95 Bache-Gabrielsen Natur & Eleganse VSOP 4 Years Old Cognac France, 40% abv, $62.95, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla, honeysuckle, and nutmeg meet nutty chanterelles for a complex floral and umami-driven nose. The liquid is silky and refreshing, bone dry, with prominent woody notes. The finish softly disappears, leaving a clean palate.
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  Finalist 95 Delamain Extra Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, $199.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasant aromas of green grapes and raw honey. The palate is warm with tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and notes of buttered pastry. Texturally it is fine grained and elegant, with long lasting flavors on the finish.
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  Finalist 95 Louis Royer XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $139.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep amber in appearance. The nose is full of raisin and dried fig with soft baking spices. On the palate it is light and thoroughly spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors of pastry mix with dried fruits and lead to a dry finish.
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  Finalist 94 D'USSÉ XO Cognac France, 40% abv, $225.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla bean and stewed prunes are accented by aromas of baked apple and cinnamon. The palate is silky and voluptuous with an undercurrent of fall spice and a hint of sweetness. The finish is lengthy, yet quiet.
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  Finalist 93 Louis Royer Force 53 Cognac Fine Champagne France, 53% abv, $49.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderfully enticing aromas of dried fruits and baking spices. Warm and spicy in the mouth the flavors are generously layered with white grapes, golden raisins and fresh figs. The finish is florally perfumed and long lasting.
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  Finalist 92 Bache-Gabrielsen Natur & Eleganse XO 6 Years Old Cognac France, 40% abv, $119.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
An initial briny savory aroma is followed by delicate blossoms and a hint of vanilla. The palate is fresh and clean, with notes of quince, green apple, and honey. The liquid is light in color and body, and has a refreshing, crisp finish.
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  Finalist 92 François Voyer XO Gold Cognac Grande Champagne France, 40% abv, €110.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas of golden apples and golden raisins are smooth and mellow on the nose. Sweet and spicy on the palate with notes of honeyed stone fruit and flower bouquets. The texture is smooth with a touch of leatheriness on the finish.
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  Finalist 92 Remy Martin XO Cognac Fine Champagne France, 40% abv, $140.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Allspice, cedar, raisins, and black peppercorn dominate the nose. The palate is dark with balanced sweetness but is bracingly dry like a black tea. Stewed prunes, cinnamon, and brown sugar complete the palate.
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  91 Louis Royer VS Cognac France, 40% abv, $35.00, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tangy aromas of dried peaches and apricots. In the mouth there is a woodsy sweetness full of stone fruit flavors. Underneath there are currents of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Leaves the mouth fresh and clean.
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  91 Louis Royer VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $42.00, 700 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Delicate aromas of sweet pastry, raisins and butter. Unbelievably smooth and luxurious mouthfeel with elegant flavors of white grapes, figs, and butter pastry. Warm floral tones linger on the finish. A pleasure.
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  91 Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend Cognac France, 40% abv, $49.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honey, green apple, and hay drive the suggestively dry aroma profile. The palate is surprisingly voluptuous with notes of honey, cedar, and fresh apricot. The finish is vivacious, balanced, and bright.
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  89 D'USSÉ VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $50.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft aromas of baking spices and grape must. In the mouth there are notes of chamomile, butter and preserved peaches. The texture is impeccably round and silky, leaving the mouth pleasantly coated with a velvety feel.
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  89 Hardy VSOP Cognac France, 40% abv, $59.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Aromas are bright with notes of dried red apple and cinnamon. The flavor starts out lightly sweet in the mouth before turning to savory with dark toffee, caramel, and coffee. White floral aromas perfume the entire length. Texturally it is smooth and spicy.
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  89 Louis Royer VSOP Preference Cognac France, 40% abv, $44.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vanilla drives this nose followed by cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The palate is softly floral and savory, with notes of black peppercorn, cloves, and brown sugar. The finish is lengthy and smooth with a hint of sweetness.
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Brandy

Eau-de-Vie

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  89 Bartlett Spirits of Maine Pear Eau-de-Vie United States, 40% abv, $29.99, 375 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose offers juicy aromas of anjou pears but is not overly sweet. Incredibly clean and focused on the palate, it is dry and soft with the pear aromas and flavors developing in the mouth and lingering long on the finish.
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Brandy

French Brandy

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  83 Vendome XO French Brandy France, 40% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Brandy

Grappa

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino Grappa Italy, 42% abv, €150.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich amber in color with straw colored highlights. Aromas are piquant and floral with citrusy undertones. Floral notes persist in the mouth with a subtle sweetness that rounds out the mouthfeel while staying in balance with the underlying rich savoriness.
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  Finalist 92 Nonino Il Moscato di Grappa Italy, 41% abv, $73.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Somewhat pungent aromas of honey and grapes. It is fresh and mineral driven on the palate with subtle floral and pear flavors. The texture is dry and slightly dusty. The finish is crisp, dry and refreshing.
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  89 Nonino Antica Cuvee Riserva Grappa Italy, 43% abv, $114.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Warm amber in color with golden flecks. Subtle yet deep aromas offer hints of brandied cherries and baking spices. Opulent in the mouth with flavors that start off as sweet spice and apples then turn to hints rich coffee and savory spices. Smooth and lovely.
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  88 Cleopatra Moscato Oro Grappa Italy, 40% abv, $80.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasant aromas of orange peel and beeswax. In the mouth there is a hint of sweetness and subtle orange peel flavors. It is velvety and incredibly smooth and round in texture, creating a wonderful luxurious effect.
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  86 Bocchino Cantina Privata Moscato, Sauternes Cask Finish Grappa Italy, 42% abv, €120.00, 700 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Floral aromas mingle with stone fruit and grape must. Pleasantly spicy up front on the palate, the flavors quickly turn herbal. There are sweet aromas throughout, though it is decidedly savory in character. Long aromatic finish.
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Brandy

Pineau des Charentes

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Jean Fillioux Vieux Pineau des Charentes France, 17% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasted almond, honey, and dates adorn the nose. The palate expresses more of a roasted almond and macadamia nut quality with moderate sweetness and a silky full finish. The nutty golden hue reflects the elegant flavor profile.
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Brandy

Pisco

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 92 KAPPA Pisco Chile, 42.5% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A Honeysuckle grape and melon nose is supported by warm spice. Muscat grape dominates the flavor profile with hints of vanilla and a a stronger expression of baking spices.
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  Finalist 91 BarSol Supremo Mosto Verde Torontel Pisco Peru, 41% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dried apricot and ripe melon play with grassy and briny aromas in the nose. The palate is surprisingly soft and floral with just a hint of aromatic figs and raisin. The finish is soft and clean.
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  Finalist 91 Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Quebranta 2011 Pisco Peru, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A soft and dusty nose leads to a mildly earthy palate. This pisco is clean and concise - floral notes emerge only momentarily on the nose and palate, creating a balanced, smooth spirit.
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  90 Alto del Carmen Pisco Chile, 40% abv, $18.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Honeysuckle and magnolia meet a cedar backbone in the bouquet of this aged Pisco. A medium gold appearance suggests a more austere spirit, however hints of bubble gum tease out a surprising complexity in the mouth.
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  90 BarSol Selecto Torontel Pisco Peru, 40% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle notes of honeysuckle mingle with aromas of ripe fresh and dried apricot. On the palate, additional stone fruits appear and are underscored by darker notes hinting of figs, prunes and raisins. The finish is clean and bone dry.
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  89 Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Torontel 2011 Pisco Peru, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tropical fruit, honeysuckle and peach leap out of the glass. The palate is soft with notes of lemon meringue and a texture reminiscent of confectioners sugar, while remaining bone dry.
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  88 CAPEL Pisco Chile, 40% abv, $16.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is decidedly floral with red berry aromas underneath. Mildly sweet in the mouth with a burst of floral flavors, raspberries and basil notes. Finish is slightly spicy and dusty dry.
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  88 Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Acholado 2011 Pisco Peru, 43% abv, $40.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Citrus fruit and unripe banana mingle with a hint of fresh cut grass. The palate is smooth and herbaceous yet clean in flavor. The mouthfeel is round and weighty.
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  87 Pago de los Frailes Puro de Torontel 2012 Pisco Peru, 43% abv, $28.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe papaya meets dill pickle in a beautifully complex savory nose. The complexity continues on the palate leading with clear notes of star anise followed by subtle hints of salinity.
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Brandy

Spanish Brandy

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $100.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle aromas of raisins and walnuts. In the mouth it starts out salty with toffee flavors, turning to dried fruits, with spiced cinnamon coffee on the finish. The texture is somewhat grainy and rustic. Very good.
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  Finalist 93 Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez Spain, 40% abv, $44.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and spicy aromas of dried figs, nutmeg, mace, and roasted chestnuts. The palate is figgy and nutty, with nicely balanced sweetness and spiciness. The texture is rich and thick. Long lasting flavors of spices, raisins and pecans.
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Brandy

Grape Brandy - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  90 Singani 63 Grape Brandy Bolivia, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is fruity and bright with grapes and hints of tropical fruits. It is tangy on the palate with mouth-watering acidity, bright fruit, and earthy herbal flavors that are long lasting. The texture is almost chalky and very clean.
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Liqueur

All liqueurs were judged in category flights of like-with-like (e.g., flights of dairy liqueurs, flights of herbal liqueurs, etc.). The Chairman's Trophy - Liqueur was awarded based on the highest scoring liqueur across all the liqueur categories.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Cointreau Liqueur France, 40% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ethereal aromas of orange peel and grapefruit zest with hints of blossom comprise the nose. Fresh, mineral-driven with a zesty orange peel characteristic defined by a touch of sweetness. A wonderfully perfumed finish closes out this fantastic liqueur.
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  Finalist 94 Sorel Artisinal Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A feisty bouquet laden with zesty spice. On palate it is gently sweet, fruity, floral and very beguiling. The various components meld effortlessly in the aftertaste in a rush of elegant juiciness. Perfectly rendered in terms of spice, floral aspect, acid freshness and fruitiness. Unlimited cocktail potential.
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  Finalist 93 Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey Liqueur Ireland, 35% abv, $34.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brimming with cooked peach, honeysuckle, breakfast grains and hazelnut on the nose with a hint of grapefruit zest. Surprisingly light on its feet with brown sugar, baked apricot and nutmeg showing themselves. Wonderfully smooth on the finish with a touch of honey.
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  Finalist 93 Kuemmerling Herbal Half Bitter Liqueur Germany, 35% abv, $8.99, 10 Pack/20 ml each  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich mahogany in appearance. On the nose it is spicy and herbal. The palate balances sweet, tart and bitter flavors very well with a lot of cinnamon, clove and rich green herbs. The finish is dry and reinforced with the intense herbal aromatics.
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  Finalist 92 Barenjager Honey & Bourbon Whiskey Liqueur Germany, 35% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet smoke, candied orange peel and white flower dominate the nose while in the mouth it is honey-tinged, semisweet and nutty. Delicate on the finish with honey and dried apricot taking the stage.
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  Finalist 92 Galliano Ristretto Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Discerning aromas of dark roasted, brewed coffee, roasted cocoa bean and cigar box. Unctuous with a smoky, savory character and a sweet, honey-toned coffee flavor. Smooth and opulent, it finishes strong.
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  Finalist 91 Amaretto di Puglia Almond Liqueur Italy, 28% abv, $13.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Almond biscotti and vanilla bean are ever-present on the nose with slightly floral undertones. Pleasantly viscous and deep in the palate with almond butter, orange zest and vanilla leading into a long-lived and mouth-watering finish.
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  Finalist 91 Belle de Brillet Liqueur France, 30% abv, $45.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Impressive bouquet of ripe Bosch pear, apricot, Muscat, wild clover and a touch of orange peel. Robust and honeyed in the mouth, it also develops hints of cinnamon to accompany green apple and pear. Delightfully elegant finish.
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  Finalist 91 Merlet Lune d'Abricot, Apricot Brandy Liqueur France, 25% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Profound nose of preserved apricot, overripe Bosch pear and orange blossom. Honey-toned and sweet with ripe apricot flavors and a mouth-watering acidity. Fruit-filled, refreshing and very long finish. Elegant.
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  Finalist 91 Merlet Crème de Fraise, Strawberry Liqueur France, 18% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strawberry preserves and sweet baking spices flourish on the nose. Delicate hints of clove are carried along by ripe strawberry and red raspberry flavors. Strawberry preserves return on the finish with a soft creaminess that lingers on the palate.
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  Finalist 91 Merlet C2 Citron & Cognac Liqueur France, 33% abv, $34.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opening up with lemon zest, toasted oak and Muscat-like aromas, it is wonderfully perfumed. In the mouth it is well-balanced with a delicate sweetness and zesty citrus flavors. Mellow and quite delicate finish.
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  Finalist 91 Merlet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur France, 20% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and powerful aromas of ripe black currant. Wonderfully structured and carries on with the ripe black currant motif. A mild sweetness adds to a lingering and succulent finish with a bright acidity. Delicious.
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  Finalist 91 Plymouth Sloe Gin United Kingdom, 26% abv, $37.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredible nose of damson plum, black licorice, pine sap and dried apricot. Wonderful undertones of mint, grapefruit zest and eucalyptus. Remarkable deep with robust flavors reminiscent of the nose with subtle suggestions of baked cherry and molasses. Perfectly balanced finish. Phenomenal.
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  Finalist 91 Sambucca di Puglia Anise Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $14.99, 1 L  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful aromas of anise, eucalyptus and white pepper leap from the glass. Very rich in the mouth with a touch of sweetness, it offers more herbal qualities and a touch of damson plum. A long, structured, finish ensues.
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  90 Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur Mexico, 40% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Powerful and integrated aromas of warm, dried chile pepper, sweet baking spices, cocoa powder and a slight hint of garlic. Opulent and mouth-filling. Semisweet with cinnamon shining through and a delicate, refreshing heat. Wonderfully balanced all the way into the warm and mellow finish.
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  90 Berentzen Apple Liqueur Germany, 20% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe Granny Smith apple and delicate almond milk aromas leap from the glass. In the mouth it is juicy and soft with ripe apple flavors taking center stage. Refreshing and mouth-watering on the finish. A pure joy.
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  90 Merlet Trois Citrus Liqueur France, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A zesty perfume of orange, ruby red grapefruit and Meyer lemon accompany delicate aromas of pink peppercorn. Delicately sweet and slightly spicy with bright citrus flavors on the palate crescendo into a lengthy, citrus-filled finish.
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  90 Pavan Liqueur France, 18% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brimming with expressive Muscat grape aromas as well as orange blossom and confectionary tangerine. Pleasantly sweet and with mouth-watering flavors of grape and orange marmalade lead into a delicate and perfumed finish.
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  90 Rivulet Pecan Liqueur United States, 30% abv, $29.95, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and spicy aromas of pecan pie are strong on the nose. The palate is lightly sweet with maple, butter, and honey flavors all mingling on top of a rich nutty backbone. It is medium viscous and soft in texture with a dry finish.
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  90 St-Germain Artisinal French Liqueur France, 20% abv, $39.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ripe cantaloupe, papaya, mango and orange blossom draw you in to this exotic bouquet. Fresh elderflower takes over and gives way to a velvety mouthfeel and an energetic citrus and tropical profile. A soft sweetness takes you into an ambrosial finish.
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  89 Cabo Diablo Coffee Liqueur made with Tequila Blanco Liqueur Mexico, 35% abv, $22.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans form the bouquet. In the mouth the flavor is of deeply concentrated espresso and balances well between sweet and savory. The texture is medium thick and very soft. The finish is long and intense.
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  89 Joseph Cartron Crème de Peche, Peach Liqueur France, 18% abv, $28.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fresh cream and canned peaches and white flower proliferate on the nose. Ripe peach is joined by delicate suggestions of vanilla and honey in the mouth which lead into a very soft, fruit-filled and mellow finish.
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  89 Kringle Cream Liqueur United States, 15% abv, $19.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Robust aromas of fresh buttermilk, vanilla bean and roasted almond rise from the glass. Incredibly rich in the glass with fresh cream, cane sugar and pastry dough culminating in a sweet, nutty finish.
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  89 Lejay Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur France, 18% abv, $30.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Luscious aromas of black currant preserves and fresh cream rise from the glass with a hint of eucalyptus. Rich and sweet in the mouth, ripe black currant gives way to subtle cinnamon flavors before settling in for a long, smooth finish.
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  89 Pallini Limoncello Italy, 26% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright aromas of fresh squeezed Meyer lemons, wild clover and a happy suggestion of freshly mown grass excite the senses. Refreshing, zesty and with the slightest touch of sweetness on the palate. It leads seamlessly into a lemon zest-filled finish with a mouth-watering acidity.
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  88 Early Times Fire Eater Whiskey Liqueur United States, 33% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
On the nose it is bursting with cinnamon, clove, ginger and red apple. Rich and honeyed in the mouth with a powerful confectionary cinnamon flavor. The finish is dominated by cinnamon and lingers unendingly.
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  88 Mandarine Napoleón Grande Cuvee Imperial Liqueur Belgium, 38% abv, $37.50, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Exotic aromas of coriander, cumin, orange zest and carrot on the nose with subtle notes of apricot. Although robust on the palate there are more delicate flavors of orange and almond included. Exquisitely balanced. An unyielding and nutty finish follows.
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  88 Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $36.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Appealing fresh aromas of candied orange peel, grapefruit zest and lime. Wildly full-bodied with deep, sweet orange flavors teaming up with lime and ginger for a persistent, mouth watering finish. Exquisite.
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  87 BORDUCAN Orange Liqueur Italy, 35% abv, $38.00, 1 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Wonderful, fresh bouquet of orange zest, grated ginger and nutmeg. Rich, balanced and semisweet in the mouth. Flavors of orange, toasted vanilla bean and a subtle smokiness give way to a long-lasting, fresh and mellow finish.
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  87 Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur Ireland, 17% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toffee, fresh cream, vanilla bean and coffee aromas mingle on the nose. In the mouth it is rich and creamy with delicate notes of vanilla and pecan. Finishes gently and elegantly with delicate fresh cream flavors.
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  87 Irish Mist Whiskey Liqueur Ireland, 35% abv, $27.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opens up with honeysuckle, clementine zest and a touch of passion fruit on the nose before giving way to rich honey, vanilla and cloves flavors on the palate. It finishes semisweet with lingering clementine notes and a bright acidity.
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  87 Luxardo Apricot Liqueur Italy, 30% abv, $24.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep and nutty on the nose with hints of brown sugar-crusted peaches. Complex on the palate with baked cherries, molasses and delicate hints of cola nut. Orange zest and the return of brown sugar and almond culminate in a fresh finish.
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  87 Tiramisu Liqueur Italy, 24% abv, $24.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Generous perfume of cocoa powder, roasted coffee bean, vanilla and salted caramel. Sumptuous and sweet, rich flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and a distinct almond character. Very deep. A long, luscious finish ensues.
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  86 Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur France, 16.5% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crushed black raspberries and ripe dark plum combine to create an enticing bouquet. Ripe raspberry and a bold sweetness create a wonderfully structured liqueur with a lingering, opulent finish. Outstanding.
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  86 Tuaca Liqueur United States, 35% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Toasty and ripe aromas of overripe peach, vanilla bean and roasted walnuts rise from the glass. Semisweet and luscious in the mouth with peach coming forward before retreating into a vanilla-tinged and honeyed finish.
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  85 Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur United States, 22% abv, $32.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is playful and full of ginger, lemon and honey aromas, more sweet than spicy. On the palate the same honey and ginger flavors lead with a medium sweetness and full round texture, turning to spice and lemon on the finish.
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  85 Early Times Blind Archer Whiskey Liqueur United States, 33% abv, $14.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Starting off with an enticing aroma of candied apple, salted caramel, cinnamon and toffee, it leads into a delightful smoky-sweetness on the palate. Candied apple and cinnamon shine through again before finishing strong with a delicate spiciness.
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  85 Flirtanika Limoncello Italy, 28% abv, RUB975.00, 750 ml , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Electric yellow and clear in appearance. Focused aromas of bright lemon zest are refreshing and uplifting. Sweet, smooth and round in the mouth the flavor is generously lemony, reminiscent of lemon drops. The flavors linger long in the mouth.
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  85 Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur Italy, 40% abv, $21.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Incredibly robust notes of honeycomb and orange marmalade on the nose give way to molasses, clove and similar orange marmalade flavors on the palate. A rich and mellow finish punctuated by orange peel follows.
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  84 BOLS Yogurt Liqueur Netherlands, 15% abv, $16.99, 750 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
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Absinthe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.

Absinthe

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  90 Lucid Supérieure Absinthe France, 62% abv, $69.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bursting with strong aromas of anise, cumin, fennel and sage, it opens up beautifully. Bright and robust on the palate, it displays subdued and exquisite notes of walnut, pine and sea-like minerals. The finish is complex and lingering with a welcome hint of pickled fennel.
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Vermouth

Dry Vermouth

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Maurin Dry Vermouth France, 17% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Complex aromas of orange zest, kaffir limes, and cured meats on the nose. In the mouth it is bright and tangy with more citrus fruit flavors. It is incredibly light and crisp with a softly chalky texture.
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  86 Del Professor Dry Vermouth Italy, 18% abv, $29.00, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
The nose is fruity and spicy with elements of citrus, pear, stone fruit and baking spices. In the mouth it is nicely spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweetness up front is well balanced by the bright fruit and warm spices, leaving the mouth dry and clean.
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  85 Maurin White Dry Vermouth France, 17% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lime leaf is the leading note on the nose with hints of sweet spice. In the mouth it is tangy with a touch of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the bright citrus flavors. The finish leaves the mouth dry and refreshed with pleasant floral aromas.
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Vermouth

Sweet Vermouth

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  88 Maurin Red Sweet Vermouth France, 17% abv, $23.99, 750 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sweet and savory on the nose with tons of citrus and spice. Juicy and sweet-tart in the mouth, the flavors start ripe and then turn to warm baking spices. The finish is nicely chalky and dry. Very tasty.
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Soju/Shochu/Baijiu

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 iichiko Frasco Shochu Japan, 30% abv, $60.00, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fruity and floral with pomegranate, ripe red plum, guava and honeysuckle aromas rushing from the glass. Very delicate mouthfeel with a faint nuttiness and gentle notes of mango. The finish is wonderfully long and leaves you with nothing but perfume.
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  Finalist 91 iichiko Super Hita Shochu Japan, 30% abv, JPY2000.00, 720 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Impressive floral aromatics give way to deeper notes of sourdough, grapefruit zest, mango skin and cucumber. Lush and full-bodied, it shows wonderful tropical fruit character and a graceful salinity that carries it into a delicate, lengthy finish.
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  Finalist 90 byejoe Red Baijiu China, 40% abv, $29.99, 750 ml  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
A crisp and compelling nose of ripe pear, lychee, mango, butter and grated ginger draws you in. A delicate sweetness envelops the palate with subtle hints of honey, coconut water and pear. Coconut water charges into the finish which is perfumed and possesses a soft salinity.
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